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Stunning Tiara Heads Up a Sparkling Jewellery Sale...

11th October 2019

Lawrences’ 370-lot auction of jewellery and watches contained plenty of surprises and, although the best lots performed with dependable excellence, there were many unexpectedly good prices along the way. 

A Georgian garnet and enamel ring soared above hopes to make £5500 and an unusual pair of ruby and diamond earrings in the form of arrows flew to £6750. A sapphire and diamond cluster ring set the tone for demand for quality as it made £6875 against hopes of £1200 and an emerald and diamond cluster brooch, set with a 9-carat Colombian emerald, reached beyond its estimate of £5000-7000 to make £10,000.

Some of the strongest prizes were saved to the end of the sale: a unique and exquisitely delicate diamond brooch, set with yellow and white diamonds and fire opals, hid a special secret  - it opened to reveal a portrait of its owner, the late actress Dinah Sheridan, by Douglas Anderson. This made £7500.  A magnificent diamond solitaire ring, set with a 3.05 carat brilliant-cut stone, made £18750. Finally, an elegant Edwardian tiara that could be adapted into a brooch and a necklace combined quality of craftsmanship with stunning design and it doubled its estimate to take £47500.

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5 stars

“Congratulations on what looked like a very successful sale ! You never mentioned that you did the auctioneering as well ... talk about doing the whole job ... see it into the building, find out what it is, decide if it’s for the Fine Art sale or the General Sale, lot it and describe it accordingly, and then sell it ... that really does count as seeing the job through from start to finish! Whilst the job isn’t over yet, it really is a case of so far, so good ... some items have sold for sums that exceeded our expectations, with one item in particular fetching a truly remarkable sum, so we’re very happy indeed... we’ve noted how accurate the guide prices are ... and how gratifying it is when the bidding goes sailing past the guide ! I found the whole week to be both gripping entertainment and pleasingly rewarding financially. Please accept my sincerest congratulations for a job well done, and we’ll look forward to the October and November Sales with bated breath ...”

Andrew P

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