Tag Archives: gemstones

Jewelry Consignment Days | Boston & Marlborough February 2022

Have you been wondering when the best time would be to sell your jewelry? It’s now. Following our highly successful 2021 auctions, we are currently accepting consignments for upcoming 2022 sales. Skinner jewelry specialists will be holding appointments at our Boston and Marlborough, MA Galleries to evaluate your items for auction and accept consignments. Reserve your appointment below.

Boston Consignment DayWednesday, February 2

63 Park Plaza, Boston

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Marlborough Consignment DayWednesday, February 16

274 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough

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Skinner Jewelry617-874-4313 jewelry@skinnerinc.com

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Important Jewelry Preview | New York

Skinner will be hosting a preview of our November 16 Important Jewelry auction in New York from October 26th through the 28th. Please note for everyone’s health and safety that all staff and guests must wear masks at the preview, regardless of vaccination status or a negative COVID test. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Schedule an appointment: jewelry@skinnerinc.com617.874.4313

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Do I have a Kashmir Sapphire?

You may have seen some incredible auction prices for sapphires from the fabled Kashmir mines in recent years. Could that sapphire ring in your jewelry box possibly be one? First, a bit of a background on these sought-after stones. In 1881 in the Zanskar Range of the Himalayas, a landslide revealed a remarkable deposit of sapphires. These sapphires had a unique velvety cornflower blue appearance and were brighter than other stones. Mining began in 1882 and continued until 1887 when the mine was depleted.… Read More

Maine Rocks: The Tourmaline of Maine

Maine’s iconic coast brings to mind images of granite cliffs leading to bold ocean views in places such as Monhegan Island, or of coastlines strewn with rocks and pebbles made smooth over time. Lighthouses stand guard to guide boats away from treacherous rocks. Pink granite cliffs highlight the coastline of Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island. 

As children, my cousins and I were fascinated by the tidal pools encircled by rocks as the water ebbed and flowed.… Read More

Diamonds and Period Jewelry from Private Collections featured at Skinner Auction

BOSTON, MA – November 21, 2017 – Please join Skinner on December 5th for our annual holiday auction of Fine Jewelry. Collectors and buyers who wait in anticipation of this auction will be pleased with its breadth and content, featuring over 500 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry.

Diamonds and Colored Stones Sapphires from the legendary Kashmir mines are rare in the market, and Skinner is pleased to offer a 6.37 cts.… Read More

Kashmir Sapphires, Diamonds, and Signed Jewelry Featured at Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction on March 22

BOSTON, MA – March 4, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. will present its first Fine Jewelry auction of 2016 in its Boston gallery on Tuesday, March 22 at 10AM. With over 500 lots on offer, the auction will feature a selection of fine colored stones including Kashmir sapphires and Colombian emeralds; large diamonds; signed pieces from world-renowned jewelers; and antique and period jewelry of impeccable provenance.

Colored Gemstones

We are excited to offer two Kashmir sapphires in this sale.… Read More

Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction Brings $10.75 Million

Important Heart-shape Diamond, Natural Pearls, and Colombian Emerald are Standouts

BOSTON, MA – December 10, 2015 – Enthusiastic bidders from four continents competed online, by telephone, and in the gallery for the top lots at Skinner’s Fine Jewelry auction on December 8th in Boston. When the dust had settled, the sale had brought $10.75 million, with almost all of the top lots far exceeding their pre-sale estimates.

Previews in New York and Boston in the days before the sale generated tremendous excitement, as interested collectors took advantage of the opportunity to view the fine jewelry on offer in person.… Read More

John’s Cameo Corner

The art of cameo carving has been around for centuries, and may have originated in ancient Sumerian jewelry where carved beads were used as seals. Generally, hardstones with layers of differing colors are carved to highlight the contrast in colors; precious gemstones are also engraved as intaglios, cameos, and seal rings.

The ancient Greeks and Romans produced cameos to be worn in jewelry, often depicting deities and other talismanic images. … Read More

Important 31.25 ct. Diamond and Natural Pearls Featured at Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction, December 8

BOSTON, MA – November 24, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. presents its fourth Fine Jewelry auction of 2015 on December 8th in Boston. The auction will feature over 500 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry. The centerpiece of the auction is a remarkable collection of diamonds, colored stones, and natural pearls from one of the leading families of the Gilded Age.

Important Collection from a Prominent British-American Family

We are excited to offer a collection of incredible diamonds and natural pearls from a well-known family that rose to prominence in the late nineteenth century.… Read More

Summer Sparks Fly with Fine Jewelry Auction on June 9th

Colorful Gems, Diamonds, Gold & Silver Shine at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – June 5, 2015Skinner, Inc. is pleased to present its summer Fine Jewelry auction, taking place on June 9th. This sale features over 450 lots of antique and period jewelry, as well as contemporary pieces by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and more.

Sapphires and Rubies

Vibrant gemstones are among the stand out offerings in this auction, including an assortment of fine sapphires and rubies.… Read More

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