Skinner May Jewelry Auctions Exceed $2.8 Million: Diamonds and Colored Stones Led the Way

MARLBOROUGH, MA – MAY 24, 2021 – Skinner presented a two-session Jewelry auction, drawing highly competitive bidding from enthusiastic participants worldwide and generating high prices across multiple categories. “The jewelry market continues its upward ascent,” says department director Kaitlin Shinnick, “we’re seeing higher prices across all categories and thrilled by the number of lots beating pre-sale estimate.”

Diamonds and Colored Stones

Jewels belonging to Irene Langhorne Gibson (1873-1956), the original “Gibson Girl” and wife of famed American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson garnered significant interest. 

Irene Langhorne was the daughter of railroad industrialist Chiswell Langhorne, and sister to Nancy Viscountess Astor, an American-born British politician and the first woman seated as a Member of Parliament. The Langhorne sisters were known for their beauty and would later inspire some of Gibson’s work. Irene used her influence to take on numerous social causes, often focusing on disadvantaged children and political issues in the early 20th century. 

Marquis-cut, unmounted diamond
Unmounted Diamond weighing 12.20 cts.
Sold for: $400,000

The sale’s top lot was a 12.20 cts diamond passed by descent through the Gibson family. It quickly soared past its presale estimate of $100,000-150,000 to achieve a final price of $400,000. A Kashmir sapphire ring descended in the same family for over a century brought $125,000, a Van Cleef & Arpels Burmese Ruby ring brought $100,000, and a Harry Winston Colombian emerald ring brought $100,000.

Sapphire ring with old European-cut diamonds on either side, set in a gold mount.
Antique Sapphire and Diamond Ring.
Sold for: $125,000
Van Cleef & Arpels cushion-cut Ruby ring with shield-shape diamond on either side. Set in platinum.
Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby and Diamond Ring. Sold for: $100,000
Cushion-cut emerald framed by 10 pear-shape diamonds, set in a gold ring.
Fine Harry Winston Emerald and Diamond Ring. Sold for: $100,000

Other Auction Highlights

Antique Diamond Earrings from the estate of Irene Langhorne Gibson. Sold for: $50,000

Rare Tiffany & Co. Orientalist-style 18kt Gold and Enamel Chatelaine Watch. Sold for: $28,750

Art Deco Platinum, Aquamarine and Diamond Pendant Necklace. Sold for: $23,750

Skinner continues to welcome consignments for the 2021 fall Important Jewelry and Fine Jewelry Collections auctions. For more information, visit us online at

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2 thoughts on “Skinner May Jewelry Auctions Exceed $2.8 Million: Diamonds and Colored Stones Led the Way

  1. I was wondering how often you have jewelry appraisals and auctions .I am unable to attend the October 29th date. I have a few items from my late mother’s estate that I would like to sell.
    Thank you.

    • Hello Jane,

      Thank you for your message! Our Jewelry Department Specialists do regularly set up individual appointments with clients at our Marlborough location. Please contact the Jewelry Department directly at or 617.874.4313.

      We’ll look forward to your appointment soon!

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