Jewelry from Exceptional New England Estates | 2.4 Million Dollar Jewelry Auctions at Skinner

Dreicer & Co. Diamond Sautoir Necklace, c. 1910s, sold for $75,000
and Dreicer & Co. Diamond Pendant Drop, c. 1910s, sold for $100,000

Jewelry from three distinguished New England estates lead the way at Skinner’s Important and Fine Jewelry auctions. From the estate of Mary Weld Pingree, founder of The Pingree School and once described as “Boston’s richest girl,” was a remarkable diamond sautoir by Driecer & Co. The necklace and its 9.65 cts. diamond drop sold for $175,000. (Lots 25 and 26). Another estate included two rare and fine colored stones- a Kashmir sapphire ring that sold for $262,500 and a Colombian emerald ring that sold for $100,000.

Antique Sapphire and Diamond Ring,
sold for $262,500
Antique T.B. Starr Gold and Emerald Ring,
sold for $100,000

Impressive diamond jewelry from the 1950s from the estate of a well known socialite drew attention from all over the world. The two stand-out lots were a 23.98 cts. diamond that sold for $168,750 and a Van Cleef & Arpels necklace that sold for $112,500.

Diamond Solitaire weighing 23.98 cts.,
sold for $168,750
Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Necklace, New York, c. 1950s,
sold for $112,500

Signed Jewelry

Van Cleef & Arpels 18kt Gold Gem-set “Three Wise Monkeys” Brooch, c. 1959, France, sold for $13,750
Cartier Platinum and Diamond Clip Brooch, London, c. 1950s, sold for $56,250

Jewelry from well-known houses and designers are increasingly sought after by auction buyers. Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry brought exceptional prices. A 1950s “Three Wise Monkeys” Brooch sold for $13,750, more than four times its pre-sale estimate, and a 1970s gold chain sold for $22,500, almost three times its pre-sale estimate. Pieces by Cartier were also in demand, with a diamond brooch bringing $56,250 and a retro citrine clip bringing $15,000.

Other Highlights:

Platinum and Diamond Strap Bracelet, 1950s, sold for $118,750

Platinum and Diamond Cluster Ring, 1950s, sold for $68,750

Antique Colombian Emerald Ring, sold for $62,500

Edwardian Tiffany & Co. Diamond Pendant, sold for $59,375

Antique Tiffany & Co. Reverse-painted Pendant, sold for $18,750

Overall, for both bidders and consignors, the auction was a success. Skinner is currently accepting consignments for the Fall 2020 auction.

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