AUCTIONS – Signed period jewels and single-owner collections outperform at Bonhams London sale

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Bonhams London Jewels on 7 December, 2023, saw impressive results for multiple single-owner collections and demand for quality white and coloured diamonds in addition to exquisitely crafted and exceptional signed period jewellery.

Leading the sale was a step-cut diamond single stone ring, weighing 10.50 carats which achieved £165,500, nearly double its pre-sale estimate.

Another notable lot was diamond and coloured diamond necklace, set with a brilliant-cut diamond of yellow tint, weighing 8.07 carats, surrounded by princess-cut diamonds of pink and yellow tints. The necklace fetched £138,830, over double its pre-sale estimate. 

Jennifer Tonkin, Bonhams Senior Specialist Jewellery, said: “London Jewels represented best-in-class examples of jewellery design from the 19th and 20th centuries evident in the individual single-owner collections with excellent provenance.

“It was therefore no surprise they performed well at auction, particularly the jewels from Mrs Joyce Brittain-Jones, the long-term companion of George II of Greece, that saw a bidding frenzy across the 11-lot collection.

“Overall, the sale offered a breadth of jewels that were well received, seeing demand for fine quality diamonds, and signed period jewels.” 

AUCTIONS –  Signed period jewels and single-owner collections outperform at Bonhams London sale

A Lalique Art Nouveau enamel, Pâte-de-verre, sapphire and diamond pendant, sold for £99,460. Picture credit: Bonhams