It's all sparkles for Christmas

Jan 03, 2019

t was all stars and sparkles at Wessex Auction Rooms with their Christmas Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Coins auction. The saleroom was packed with buyers hoping to secure Christmas presents and with mince pies and mulled wine regularly doing the rounds there was a good old festive buzz. Auctioneer Izzie Balmer took to the rostrum to conduct the auction. “It was a wonderful atmosphere with everyone really getting into the Christmas spirit” she comments. “I was delighted when a whopping 2.75 carat diamond solitaire ring sold for £5,100; the winning bidder wanted to give it to his partner for Christmas. She sure is one lucky lady!” Complete with a diamond certificate the ring saw competition from bidders in the room and on the phoneline with the final tussle between the phone line and the room.

A beautifully painted Victorian Essex Crystal yellow gold reverse painted intaglio depicting a white long-haired dog saw a fight to secure it between the room and the internet. The almost 3-D effect of the image is created by carving the image into the rock crystal cabochon and then painting the image in reverse. The room secured the pendant at £650.A sapphire and diamond cluster ring caused a bit of a stir selling for £1,400. The central cornflower blue oval sapphire had a surround of eight round brilliant cut diamonds with a total diamond weight of 2 carats. Cluster rings are always a popular choice at auction, particularly sapphire and diamond cluster rings that emulate Princess Diana’s engagement ring. Sapphires were in demand with a three stone sapphire and diamond cluster ring selling for £1,400; the central Ceylon blue sapphire weighing over 3.0 carats flanked by two old cut diamonds, each weighing 0.50 carat. “The vendor will be delighted with the result” enthuses Izzie. “She brought four rings in and this was the one that she thought was just a bit of costume jewellery with no value. It’s one of the best parts of the job, when you’re able to tell a vendor their ring isn’t just a bit of bling and then going on to sell it for such a super sum.”

The Brits’ love of tea showed with a Victorian four piece silver tea service selling for £720 to a buyer in the room. Complete with a matching silver plated spirit kettle and stand the silver tea service comprised tea pot, coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl, each hallmarked for makers Martin, Hall & Co, London 1877. With gadroon decoration to the upper and lower thirds and without monograms it was a stylish tea service in excellent condition.

A late 19th century canteen of French silver forks and spoons comprising two different sizes in the thread and scroll pattern sold for £940. Complete with the original leather case these spoons and forks screamed quality and will certainly look fabulous laid out for Christmas Day.

Butterscotch amber continues to command strong prices, with twenty-three loose oval beads selling for £1,250. Circa 1920s they had a good patina and were all an even size.

A valuation day find was a vintage Gents stainless steel Enicar Ocean Pearl Chronograph wristwatch. In 1962 the trademark name Ocean Pearl was granted following a publicity stint in 1957 whereby an Enicar Sherpa watch was attached to the keel of the Mayflower II and survived the crossing over the Atlantic. Wessex Auction Rooms’ Enicar watch saw strong competition with the gavel finally falling at £1200 to the successful internet buyer.

50 pence pieces proved that they could be worth more than 50p when a boxed Pobjoy mint sterling silver Isle of Man silver proof 50 pence Christmas coin collection, complete with certificate sold for £650. A cased Royal Mint Britannia collection gold proof four coin set, complete with certificate sold for £1,450.

Wessex Auction Rooms are consigning for their next Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Coin auction, to be held March 15th 2019. For more information please call 01249 732888 or email