Auction of FINE JEWELLERY AND WATCHES
Tuesday 14th May 2019
As the days begin to stretch out, it seems that our wait for the summer might finally be ending and this joyful realisation coincides beautifully with the arrival of the Adam’s Summer sale of Fine Jewellery & Watches. The sale will be held at their Saint Stephen’s Green salerooms on Tuesday 14th May at 6pm and, with a front cover that exudes summer luxury, the Adam’s jewellery catalogue is filled with items just waiting to add that ultimate piece of glamour to your outfit.
As is customary, Adam’s Jewellery Specialist, Claire-Laurence Mestrallet has chosen a well-known figure from the Irish fashion scene to preview her sale. In the spotlight is Annmarie O’Connor, a woman who can claim the titles of fashion editor, award-winning stylist and best-selling author. Having worked in the industry for over 10 years, O’Connor has a finely-honed sense of fashion and a considerable body of work including numerous editorial and styling credits with regular radio and TV contributions.
After an afternoon surrounded by the glimmer of gold and coloured stones, O’Connor highlighted several pieces from the May collection for inclusion on her wish list. At the top of this list were three lots by renowned jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels, all of which came to the Adam’s salerooms from a single private collection. Lot 39 (estimate €15,000-20,000) is an original minaudière from the 1930s and is imbued with the rigid geometric form of the Art Deco era. Also part of this collection, lots 40 (estimate €7,000-9,000) and 41 (estimate €9,000-11,000) bring the simplicity of ropework into jewellery design with beautifully twisted gold forming a bracelet and necklace respectively. Lot 40, the bracelet, sees four strings wrapping around the wrist to playfully dangle their tasselled ends.
In contrast to the elegant monotone of these pieces, O’Connor’s gaze was equally caught by lot 142, a coloured stone and diamond bracelet (estimate €12,000-18,000). In this, cabochon cut peridots, citrines and amethysts dance alongside sapphires, garnets and diamonds, all brilliantly linked together in a highly flexible chained cuff that allows the piece to flow comfortably over the wrist.
In keeping with a quirkier approach, O’Connor also highlighted an 18k gold and emerald bracelet which takes the form of multiple stylised frogs (lot 74) and carries with it an estimate of €3,000-4,000. Alongside this, a beautiful plique-à-jour enamelled and jewelled dragonfly brooch (lot 48; estimate €4,000-6,000), alights to bring a splash of colour to the wearer.
However, whilst O’Connor’s taste can guide and inform, it is, ultimately, up to the individual to find pieces which suit their own style and personality. This sale cannot disappoint as the 253 lots promise to contain something for everyone.
The careful selection of both ladies’ and gents’ watches boasts names such as Rolex, Cartier and Bulgari, all at a fraction of their usual retail costs. At the higher end is a cocktail watch by Chopard (lot 187; estimate €20,000-25,000) which was created in tribute to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Russian poet Alexandre Pushkin.
For lovers of diamonds who are looking to broach that certain question, the Adam’s May sale provides a variety of engagement rings which cater to all budgets.
Rings for €500 sit comfortably alongside those being offered at €20,000, the selection itching to be tried on and admired. Lot 221A (estimate €7,500-8,500) offers a traditional gold band with a stunning brilliant-cut diamond, the ring’s simplicity emphasising its understated elegance and ensuring all round appreciation.
Stepping away from tradition, lot 244 (estimate €10,000-15,000), a 7.21ct sapphire shouldered by diamond baguettes provides a beautiful alternative to the usual diamond ring – however, such a piece needs no excuse to be worn and would enhance any occasion.
Similarly, Cartier’s gold and diamond coffee bean demi-parure from the 1950s (lot 52; estimate €6,000-8,000) is suitable for any event at any time of day. The earrings and matching brooch are made up of stylised coffee beans, bringing an element of the exotic to even the most casual outfit.
Chaumet also produced works of naturalistic design, as seen in a diamond brooch dating from 1955 (lot 47; estimate €8,000-12,000). Despite its age, the piece has been in the one family since it was initially purchased by an Irish customer nearly 65 years ago. However, regardless of the passing years, it would seem that the delight of jewellery lies in the fact that it is very hard to find a piece that has gone out of fashion. Instead, the artistic input of each individual item will continue to find appeal again and again – a characteristic that has made Adam’s Fine Jewellery & Watches auctions continuing successes and much awaited events in the calendar year.
The catalogue for the May sale is now available and full details can be found online at :
Viewing begins on Saturday 11th and continues through to Tuesday 14th with the auction commencing at 6pm.
For further enquiries please contact Claire Laurence Mestrellet at Adam’s, 01 6760261 or firstname.lastname@example.org