Tag Archives: jewelry

Gems Abound as Skinner Announces Its Spring Jewelry Auctions

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner Auctioneers is pleased to announce two upcoming sales in Jewelry and Gemstones – the first of which will be a live version of the auction house’s biannual sale of Important Jewelry. This major auction, which includes treasured items from the family collection of J. Pierpont Morgan Jr., will take place on May 17 at 12pm at Skinner’s Boston galleries, to be followed by an online auction of Fine Jewelry – an eclectic collection open to bidding from May 8 to May 18, 2022. 

Antique Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace(Lot 31, Estimate: $15,000-20,000)

The live auction comprises a vast collection of rare and significant lots spanning the 19th and 20th centuries and continuing up to the present.… Read More

Recent Auction Finds in Maine

Stanford University professors Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, winners of the Nobel Prize in economics (2020), were recognized “for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.” “Auctions are everywhere and affect our everyday lives,” the prize committee said in a statement. Milgrom and Wilson’s work “benefit[s] sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world.”

Auctions have been around for almost 2,500 years, and if you haven’t participated in one, now may be the time.… Read More

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

REQUEST APPOINTMENT

Marlborough Consignment DayWednesday, February 16

274 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough

REQUEST APPOINTMENT

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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Fashion Forward

Two hundred years ago the English poet and playwright Colley Cibber commented “One had as good be out of the world as out of fashion.” That’s a little extreme, but being fashionable is a feel-good thing.

Jewelry is fashion. Like all fashions it expresses the time and place in which it was made. Jewelry can also be fun, fabulous, fanciful, fascinating: you get the picture. And unlike many other expressions of fashion, fine jewelry doesn’t wear out or lose its intrinsic value.… Read More

Jeweled Creatures Great and Small

Whether it’s called zoomorphic personal ornamentation or critter glitter, animals of all kinds have been a recurring motif in jewelry history. Their natural beauty and unique traits have inspired countless pieces, from the scarab beetles of ancient Egypt to David Webb’s zebras and frogs.

The perennial fascination with animal themes is also because certain mammals, birds, reptiles and even insects are regarded as symbolic of virtues or desirable characteristics — “brave as a lion,” “wise as an owl,” “busy as a bee.”

In the ancient world, the Greeks, Persians and Romans followed the Egyptians in prizing jewelry with animal motifs.… Read More

Elizabeth Turner on LCTV Community Conversations

Community Conversations with Elizabeth Turner from LCTV on Vimeo.

Regional Director for Northern New England, Elizabeth Y. Turner was the guest for a recent broadcast on LCTV. Watch Beth’s conversation with Community Conversations host Marva Nesbit. They discuss Maine tourmalines, Kashmir sapphires, natural pearls, fabulous Maine jewelry finds sold at auction at Skinner, and for Women’s History month, Maine jewelry designer/maker Madeline Burrage.… Read More

Great Finds: Jewelry | Online Event March 22

ONLINE EVENT | MONDAY, MARCH 22 AT 5PM

Join us for a casual, free-flowing conversation with Skinner jewelry experts Gloria Lieberman and John Colasacco — get their inside view. The discussion will touch on the jewelry auction highlights of the 2010s, and delve into the fascinating stories behind them. They will also share their perspectives on design and style, and how they would incorporate similar looks into their differing senses of fashion.… Read More

Pandemic Pastimes: Binge-watching Favorite Shows

Like many of you right now, I’ve spent the last few months retreating into comforts—comfort food, comfort clothes, and comfort TV. And nothing is more comforting than re-watching your favorites, the shows and movies you’ve seen hundreds of times and can recite line by line. After watching the much anticipated season 4 of The Crown (whether you liked this season or not, Gillian Anderson was INCREDIBLE), I found myself going back to seasons 1 and 2 again.  

The Queen’s jewelry reproductions were amazingly accurate, something I found lacking in seasons 3 and 4.… Read More

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.… Read More

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