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Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver, 11th July

Jewellery, Silver, Objects of Vertu & Coins

The department holds three Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver auctions a year complimented by monthly sales which also regularly feature pens, objects of vertu, luxury accessories and coins.

Across this auction calendar we offer a diverse and exciting range of precious objects at all price points – from fine jewellery, to historic and decorative items of silver, superb objects of vertu and rare coins.

Our in-house team of specialists is augmented by one of Britains’s leading silver experts, Ian Pickford.

Whether you are looking to start or add to an existing collection, Dreweatts would be delighted to advise and assist you in this exciting and wide collecting area.

1950s diamond and cultured pearl necklace by Boucheron, Paris
From Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver, 11th July
Sold for £17,980

JULY’S SPARKLING COVER LOT

One of the highlights from the recent auction was this gorgeous diamond and cultured pearl necklace by Boucheron. It dates from the 1950s, with three rows of uniform pearls which each measure 8mm in diameter, to a brilliant- and baguette-cut diamond clasp the combined diamond weight of which is approximately 10.37 carats.

The eye is particularly drawn to the clasp, where the two contrasting cuts of diamond work effortlessly well together in the open circular design reminiscent of a flower head. At the centre a row of nine graduated baguette-cut diamonds break this flow and act as the focal point. The complexity of the clasp is apparent when viewed from the reverse side which reveals the intricate structure of the settings’ wires made in 18ct white gold.

The brilliant- and baguette-cut diamond clasp
With an approximate total diamond weight of 10.37 carats

The Boucheron name dates from 1858 when Frédéric Boucheron opened his first boutique in the Galerie de Valois, at the time the epicentre of Parisian luxury. In 1867 he won his first gold medal at the Exposition Universelle, an accolade which heralded recognition for the brand at an international level.

Many decades later and 1950s’ Paris was again the undisputed leader in fashion and jewellery. Christian Dior, joined by Balmain, Givenchy and Balenciaga, created the image of a very feminine woman who enjoyed dressing up for the evening in French couture and opulent jewels.

The reverse of the clasp, in 18ct white gold
Signed Boucheron Paris, with French poinçons

Jewellery from this era defies definition, given their disparate sources of inspiration and the ensuing interpretations, however naturalism, exoticism, abstraction along with conventionality were all prevalent at the time and met the differing tastes of women in their desire to move on from the austerity of the war years.

The gemstone par excellence in the 1950s was the diamond and cultured pearls regained the popularity they had lost in the previous decade. The double or triple strand cultured pearl necklace became the indispensable ornament of fashionable women.

A timelessly classic jewel

Our July cover lot would have been immensely stylish when created and the delectable combination of pearls and diamonds endures.

This piece is a classic and remains timelessly chic and covetable.

Specialists

James Nicholson, FGA, DGA

James Nicholson, FGA, DGA

Deputy Chairman, International Head of Jewellery, Silver and Watches

David Rees

David Rees

Director, Silver, Objects of Vertu and Decorative Arts

Adrian Hailwood

Adrian Hailwood

Senior Specialist; Watches

Nick Mann

Nick Mann

Specialist; Watches, Pens & Luxury

Tessa Parry, FGA, DGA

Tessa Parry, FGA, DGA

Jewellery Specialist

Alexandra Francis, GG

Alexandra Francis, GG

Jewellery Specialist

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