Offering Something for Everyone, Moran’s Saturday, May 21st Fine Jewelry Auction Comprises Nearly 300 Lots

• Moran’s first jewelry-specific auction catalogue of 2016 is packed with nearly 300 lots of fine and designer jewelry, timepieces and luxury items.
• Lots include contemporary, modern, Retro and antique selections.
• The May auction is the first Fine Jewelry Auction to be held on a Saturday; buyers will be treated to complimentary food and drinks.

MONROVIA, CA – Due to a recent influx of property, Moran’s May 21st Jewelry Auction will now feature an impressive lineup of nearly 300 auction lots offered with a wide range of estimates and including costume, designer, and fine jewelry alongside watches and select luxury accessories. The May sale will be Moran’s first jewelry-specific auction to be held at their newly remodeled Monrovia, CA location, and the company is expecting to host a large number of attendee bidders in response. Aside from the enticing property on offer, attendees will also be treated to complimentary beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Public previews will be available the Friday prior to the auction from 10 am to 4 pm, with doors scheduled to open on Saturday, the 21st at 10 am for preview before the sale begins at noon.

The May 21st Fine Jewelry Auction will primarily feature property from private California collections and estates, including a selection of jewelry from the Brentwood Estate of Carroll and Nancy O’Connor. One of the most intriguing pieces from the O’Connor estate is a coral, wood and gold “pencil” bangle by Surrealist-influenced maker Noma Copley, who began making jewelry at the age of 50. As a patron and collector of Surrealist art, Noma Copley’s designs often dealt with taking ordinary objects and elevating them to wearable pieces of art. The signed wrapped pencil-form bangle is to be offered with a conservative $5000 to $7000 estimate at Moran’s May sale.

Also injecting a bit of whimsy into the May Fine Jewelry catalog, a pair of French diamond and gem-set bird brooches dating to approximately 1960 are offered with a $1500 to $2500 estimate. The pair are offered just in time to add a bit of color to a springtime wardrobe, the first bird featuring a cabochon body of ruby and the second of emerald. Also on offer, a foliate-adorned insect-theme necklace would make a charmingly playful addition to any collection. The antique necklace, designed in 18K gold with flowers, leaves and opal-bodied insects is estimated to bring $3000 to $5000 at the block.

Collectors will be pleased to find selections throughout the catalog by distinguished makers such as Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, and Cartier. A handsome diamond and 18K gold bracelet by French maker Cartier, for example, designed with stepped textured links set with full-cut diamonds, is expected to bring $2500 to $3500 at the block. A gold, diamond and coral pendant-watch by Swiss luxury watchmaker Piaget is also on offer – the necklace features three detachable fancy link chains, and is expected to earn $3000 to $5000. Another Swiss ladies timepiece, this one by Vacheron Constantin and modeled with an 18K gold braided rope-form bracelet attached to an elegant champagne and gold-tone circular dial, will be brought to the block with a $2000 to $3000 estimate, and is expected to be quite popular among Moran’s bidders.

Gent’s jewelry and luxury items also proffer a number of intriguing highlights, including a lovely pair of Russian-stamped guilloche enamel cufflinks, possibly by maker Faberge (though the attribution is at present unconfirmed). Set with rubies and rose-cut diamonds, the cobalt blue-enameled cufflinks are set to go to the block with a quite conservative $900 to $1200 estimate. Consigned from a private Orange County collection, a Rolex Datejust II two-tone wristwatch, accompanied by its original box and papers, is offered for $5000 to $7000.

An antique cameo and micro-mosaic pendant dating to circa 1870 is certainly an item to track – the central carved sardonyx cameo is surrounded with an intricately designed micro-mosaic depicting faces and stars, and is to be brought to the block with a $1500 to $2500 estimate. Collector interest in micro-mosaic jewelry has been quite strong in recent years, and Moran’s expects this piece to be no different.

Those in search of a more modern look should look no further than a stunning pair of diamond, ruby and white gold drop earrings, offered with a conservative $1000 to $1500 estimate. Alternatively, those with a more robust budget might be drawn to a high-karat gold necklace decorated with 22K gold granulation in an abstracted foliate design; the emerald-cabochon-mounted ball pendant is suspended from a substantial woven gold chain, and the necklace carries a $3000 to $5000 estimate.

Bidding for John Moran Auctioneers’ May 21st Fine Jewelry Auction is available in person, via telephone, absentee, or online through,, and Fully illustrated auction catalogs and condition reports for each lot are available through all the above platforms as well as through

John Moran’s previews and auction events are always open to the public and free to attend.

For questions regarding this or any other upcoming auction events, or to inquire about consignment, please contact John Moran Auctioneers directly via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (626) 793-1833.

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