Spring specialist Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Coins auction highlights

Mar 30, 2022

The highlight of the Spring Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Coins auction at Wessex Auction Rooms was a magnificent diamond 18ct white gold three stone ring. Each diamond weighed 0.50 carat, with a total diamond weight of 1.50 carats. Each diamond was of excellent clarity, assessed as VS1/VVS2 with very good colours of H-J. “Three stone diamond rings where the diamonds are of a good size are always popular” remarks Izzie Balmer FGA DGA, Auctioneer and Head Valuer at Wessex Auction Rooms “but for three diamonds of such superb clarity it’s no surprise it was a much-desired lot in the auction.” Diamonds are valued for their colour and clarity, and unless it is a coloured diamond, a diamond is prized for its whiteness. The whiter the colour, the more valuable the stone. The same goes for the clarity, with stones that have no inclusions – known as flawless – being the most precious. “Two private buyers went head-to-head on this ring, each determined to have it for themselves. My heart really went out to the two parties, because I could see how much both wanted the ring. After an intense battle I finally put the hammer down at £4,400” reflects Izzie.

Another item of jewellery that sold well was a diamond and ruby ring. The diamond was a lovely old cushion cut measuring 1.0 carat, with a very good clarity and colour of VS2 and K. Ideally, everyone would like a diamond to be of a minimum of 1.0 carat or larger, and this makes a difference to the value. A diamond that is 1.0 carat is far more desirable than a diamond that is 0.95 carat. The diamond was set in a beautiful mellow rose gold band and sold for £1,950.

“It's always wonderful when you get a large useable piece of Georgian silver” comments Izzie. “So often the Victorians re-purposed and redesigned Georgian silverware, but I had a gorgeous large silver oval tray; probably originally alongside a silver tea and coffee set. What was particularly pleasing about this tray was that it didn’t have any engraved initials and was in excellent condition. There were no repairs and the Victorians hadn’t added any later decoration to the tray.” It sold for £1,500 to a room bidder.

A Gents Tissot 18ct yellow gold wristwatch caught the hearts of the internet bidders. The dress watch with baton numerals and date aperture saw a flurry of internet bidding, with the gavel falling at £1,450.

A truly stunning mid 19th century turquoise, gold and silver dip pen saw some strong internet competition. The pen was covered in small round cabochon cut turquoise stones, with a small baroque pearl to the finial. The gold knops displayed cast floral and foliate decoration in low relief which was mirrored along the nib. Circa 1860 it was in excellent condition for its age, with only one turquoise stone missing and this did not detract from the bids, selling for £1,200.

The coins were not to be outdone and a cased set of four Royal Mint 2002 gold coins sold for £2,800. A cased set of 138 flags of the United Nations silver ingots fetched £2,100 and a cased set of the 700th Anniversary Parliament Stamp replicas in 18ct gold sold for £1,700.

Wessex Auction Rooms are consigning for their summer Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Coins auction on the 17th June. For all enquiries please email Izzie at izzie@wessexauctionrooms.co.uk or call the office on 01249 720888