Skinner to Auction Fine Jewelry September 13th Featuring Cartier, Tiffany, Buccellati, Van Cleef & Arpels and David Webb

The sale will feature two pieces by Paul Flato, the noted 1930s jeweler to movie stars like Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford. From a New York estate, lot 630 is an Art Deco platinum, burma sapphire and diamond ring. Accompanied by the original receipt from Flato’s salon, the estimated auction value is $25,000 to $35,000.

The second Flato jewelry piece, lot 628, was a custom design incorporating some of his client’s own stones to create a beautiful Art Deco platinum, sapphire, and diamond leaf brooch. The estimated auction value of the brooch is $30,000 to $40,000.

Cartier Jewelry Featured Throughout the Sale

Cartier makes a strong appearance at the upcoming sale. The back cover of the auction catalog features lot 635, a striking Cartier platinum and diamond strap bracelet with the original box estimated to be worth $100,000 to $150,000. Also offered:

• Lot 625 is an Art Deco platinum, onyx, and diamond lorgnette. The decorative spectacles are suspended from a black cord with platinum and rose-cut diamond terminals. The estimated auction value is $15,000 to $20,000.

• In its original box, lot 624 is an Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet with an approximate total carat weight of 13.25. The approximate auction value is $40,000 to $50,000.

•Lot 631 is an Art Deco agate and diamond pendulette. The engine-turned gold-tone metal dial with Roman numeral indicators and rose-cut diamond hands, enamel bezel, set within an agate frame is estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.

Fine Diamonds

In true Skinner fashion, there will be a spectacular assortment of diamonds offered at the September 13th auction, including a variety of engagement rings ranging from 1.00 ct. to over 6.00 cts., including a beautiful pear-shaped diamond pendant weighing 6.45 cts. Lot 390 is estimated at $25,000 to $35,000.


Alexandrites are mined in Russia and change color depending on the light source. The sought after stones turn green in daylight and red in incandescent light. Alexandrites were named in honor of the young Tsar Alexander II. The stone is usually found in small sizes under 1.00 ct., rarely is it seen over 5.00 cts. There are three alexandrite lots coming up in the fine jewelry sale including lot 579, which is an Edwardian alexandrite and diamond pendant/brooch, set with a cushion-cut alexandrite of approximately 7.27 carats, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. Lot 580 is an Edwardian alexandrite and diamond ring, set with a cushion-cut alexandrite weighing approximately 7.67 carats, and is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.

Signed Contemporary Jewelry

The sale features a number of signed contemporary pieces, notably from Gianmaria Buccellati including lot 431, a gem-set flower brooch, set with an old mine-cut diamond weighing approx. 1.20 cts., further set with a fancy cut sapphire and ruby, cabochon emerald highlights, with an estimated auction value of $10,000 to $15,000; lot 44, a Marilyn Cooperman gem-set “Jody” necklace, one of only two made, set throughout with wonderful fall colored gems including colored sapphires, tsavorites, tourmalines, citrines, and peridot, and estimated at $8,000 to $12,000; pieces from David Webb including lot 289, a 18kt gold Zodiac pendant/brooch, depicting Pisces, estimated at $4,000 to $6,000; lot 337, an 18kt gold and enamel snake ring, estimated at $300 to $500; and finally, lot 461 18kt gold and enamel earclips, each designed as doorknocker with white enamel, with an estimated auction value of $4,500 to $5,500.

Gentlemen Take Note: Cuff Links and Watches Abound

For the gentleman buyer, this sale will include a well-rounded selection of watches and cufflinks including lot 79, signed Georg Jensen sterling silver and green onyx cuff links, each with fish motif, and estimated at $200 to $400; lot 241, two pairs of signed Cartier cuff links, including one pair of stainless steel and 18kt gold stirrup cuff links, the other sterling silver and 18kt gold, estimated at $400 to $600; and lot 614, a beautiful Art Deco diamond dress set by Cartier, estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.

Watches also make a strong appearance at this sale including lot 258, a signed Patek Philippe 18kt gold and stainless steel “Nautilus” wristwatch, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. Lot 261, a stainless steel “Senator” wristwatch by Glachütte is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000 and an 18kt gold and diamond wristwatch by Piaget, lot 265 is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000.

Previews and Special Events

Previews will be held on Sunday, September 11th, 2011 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm and Monday, September 12th, 2011 from 12:00 to 7:00 pm. In conjunction with the fine jewelry auction preview, Skinner Inc. will host a Jewelry Clinic on Sunday, September 11th, 2011 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm with Mr. Hagop Matossian from Bostonian Jewelers. Mr. Matossian is an expert in antique and period jewelry restoration, known for his laser restoration techniques, and will be available for individual consultations concerning items in the auction.

Catalogues and Bidding

Illustrated catalogue #2561B is available by mail for $35 ($42 for foreign requests) from the subscription department at (508)970-3240 or at the gallery for $32. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. At, users may also view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogues and bid in real-time through Skinner-Live.

About Skinner

Skinner, Inc is one of the world’s leading auction houses. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world. Skinner auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Providing a broad range of auction and appraisal services, Skinner is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner appraisal experts are frequently featured on the PBS-TV series Antiques Roadshow. Specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Paintings & Prints, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit




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