Finishing the year in Style

Day One - Jewellery and Watches

The final Fine Art Auction of 2019 took place on the 20th-21st November at Peter Wilson’s Nantwich saleroom, with some fantastic results that will ensure many of our clients have a very merry Christmas indeed!

The top lot from Wednesday’s sale of Jewellery, Watches and Silver was an impressive diamond ring, set with a 4.03ct principal stone and wonderful baguette cut diamond shoulders. With battling bidders on the phones and in the room, the hammer fell at top estimate for £18,000. Of the sale, jewellery specialist Liz Bailey MA FGA DGA said “the quality of this beautiful ring was undeniable, with a fantastic clarity of VS and a beautiful geometric design that really highlighted the ‘hall of mirrors’ effect seen in emerald and step cut diamonds. It is no surprise there was fierce competition on the day – it is a truly breathtaking piece.”

4.03ct Diamond Ring

Other lots to soar included a selection of sought-after designer jewellery in warming tones, perfect for accessorising winter outfits. An 18ct gold citrine necklace from German designer Wellendorff sold for £4,500, and an 18ct gold and diamond Cartier LOVE bangle reached £4,000. The watches section saw a limited edition Franck Muller 18ct gold Conquistador Cortez wristwatch with box and papers sell for £4,100.

Wellendorff Necklace

Cartier Love Bangle

Franck Muller

Coloured gemstones proved as popular as ever, with high prices achieved for rings, pendants and earrings. Lot 235 was a beautiful Sri Lankan sapphire and diamond three stone ring, which attracted masses of attention on viewing day and intense bidding competition saw the piece sell at £3,600. An attractive emerald and diamond cluster ring in a classic design also sold for £2,300. Other gemstones to attract a lot of interest included a jadeite gourd necklace that went for £1,600.

Sri Lankan Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Emerald and Diamond Cluster Ring

Jadeite Gourd Pendant

The huge popularity seen this year for paler gemstones continued into our November auction, with the fantastic sale of some beautiful aquamarine jewellery. An aquamarine and diamond cluster pendant featuring a 6.02ct central stone surrounded by 2.20cts of round brilliant cut diamonds reached £1,900, and a pretty aquamarine negligee necklace with a principal stone weighing 20cts reached £640.

Aquamarine and Diamond Pendant

Aquamarine Negilgee Pendant

Further highlights from the watches section saw the sale of an 18ct gold Patek Philippe watch at £2,300. Another lot to reach to exceed estimate and reach this hammer price was a beautiful Victorian 18ct gold full hunter pocket watch, made by E.J. Dent in 1852 and complete with fitted case. This piece attracted international attention and numerous phone lines, as well as collectors in the room.

Patek Philippe


Dent Pocket Watch

Dent Pocket Watch

For a complete list of sales results from our final Fine Art Auction of the year, click here. 

Please note that our timed auction of unsold items will be live on our website until Sunday 1st December, so if there are any pieces you missed have a look and make us an offer! Click here to browse our selection of lots available.

Our next specialist Fine Jewellery and Watches Sale will take place on the 19th March 2020. We are currently inviting consignments, so if you have any pieces that you would like to feature in the sale, do get in touch with us on 01270 623 878 or email for a free auction appraisal of your items.



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