|By Carole Deutsch
GREENVILLE, Del. — Just in time for Christmas, jewelry buyers took full advantage of an excellent selection of diamond and gemstone rings, designer necklaces, antique bracelets, eye-catching brooches, stunning diamond earrings, and several items of unique distinction that comprised the Pook & Pook and Stuart Kingston auction. The 190 lot sale, held Nov. 30, took place at Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Greenville. Delaware is one of the few states that doesn’t have sales tax on jewelry purchases. It was the fourth joint auction between the two well-established companies.
“We are still growing in this new venue,” stated Edward Stein, a partner at Stuart Kingston. “Presently we are doing two auctions a year with Pook & Pook and are hoping to eventually do four per year. Additionally, we are expanding our market beyond the Philadelphia Main Line to reach New York, Florida, and Chicago for both buyers and sellers, since the substantial savings is a win / win all around.”
Diamond rings commanded a good deal of bidder attention. The highlight among them was a platinum and 18K yellow gold emerald and diamond ring that achieved $15,860. The oval Zambian emerald was cataloged as having an exceptional fine quality and weighed approximately 3.83 carats. It was mounted in a prong setting and was accented with eight marquise diamonds and two round diamonds. Zambian emeralds, known for their outstanding clarity, are characterized by their deep green color with a slight bluish hue.
A classic platinum three-stone diamond ring was centered by an oval diamond weighing approximately 2.04 carats. It was accented by two oval side diamonds weighing 1.20 carats and sold for $7,320. The sum of $7,930 was paid for a 14K white gold diamond ring with an emerald cut diamond weighing 2.03 carats. Two tapered baguettes were set on either side of the ring.
A dazzling Art Deco diamond bracelet, that was made of platinum with 21 marquise diamonds, weighing approximately 2.0 carats, also had 234 round diamonds that weighed a total of approximately 6.0 carats. The intricate design, which was made in a continuous all-around format, brought $7,930. Another standout bracelet, that achieved $5,368, was made of 18K white gold with 14 oval emeralds that had a total weight of approximately 5.90 carats. The emeralds were set in a horizontal position and were accented by 280 diamonds that totaled 2.05 carats.
Foremost among a selection of earrings was a pair of platinum, diamond, and pearl drop earrings that were dramatically long and highly presentational. They were made of two oval shaped pearls that dangled at the end of a group of interlocking ovals composed of 1,084 round diamonds weighing approximately 11 carats. They measured 2¾ inches long and realized $4,636.
A pair of 18K yellow gold Tiffany & Co. earrings that were designed by Paloma Picasso had a bright hammered finish centered with her signature “Graffiti X.” They were signed, “Paloma Picasso,” stamped “Tiffany & Co,” and brought $2,928. The X design was inspired by graffiti scrawled on New York buildings.
An unusual Omega platinum diamond wristwatch had a Swiss wind-up movement that disguised itself as a bracelet because the watch was covered with a diamond cluster hinged top. The watch cover and adjoining bracelet had eight straight diamond baguettes and 200 brilliant round diamonds, and the piece sold for $6,100.
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