With over 350 lots, Moran’s Tuesday, December 6nd Fine Jewelry Auction Aims to Delight


• Moran’s final jewelry-specific auction catalogue of 2016 is packed with nearly 350 lots of fine and designer jewelry, timepieces and luxury items.
• Lots include contemporary, modern, Retro and antique selections.
• The December auction will take place on a Tuesday; buyers will be treated to complimentary food and drinks.


MONROVIA, CA – A plentiful bounty of antique, retro, costume and designer jewelry sure to delight any taste and fill any gift requirement this holiday season will be on display at John Moran Auctioneers on December 6th. The auction features a lineup of excellent examples from leading design houses including Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. Moran’s annual holiday party and auction preview will be held Thursday, December 1st form 6-9pm with complimentary refreshments available. Additional previews for the auction will be held on Saturday, December 3rd as well as Monday and Tuesday at Moran’s headquarters located at 145 E Walnut Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016. Moran’s Fine Jewelry Auction will begin promptly at 12pm, and will be followed by a Decorative Art Session as well as a selection of Important Chinese Objects.

One of the many catalogue highlights is a 1970s shell-form bracelet by Cartier. The oversize shell-shaped links rendered in 18K yellow gold offer a prime example of the classic style of Cartier design and is sure to catch the eye of a lucky collector when it comes to the block with a $4,000-$6000 estimate. Another fine example is a sapphire and diamond ring created by noted Italian design house Buccellati. The familiar design of an oval sapphire with a diamond surround is given a slight twist by the addition of a raised openwork setting and boasts a natural unheated Ceylon sapphire as its centerpiece. The classic ring is expected to sell in the range of $12,000-$15,000 at auction. Other pieces, including a trendy carnelian and rose gold “Sweet Alhambra” necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels ($500-700), a diamond “Maillon Panthere” necklace by Cartier ($3000-$5000), and a sterling silver and gold bracelet by Gucci ($300-$500) are sure to attract attention from buyers looking for signed pieces to add to their collection.

Collectors of antique jewels need look no further than the selection of adornments included in Moran’s auction. Principle among them is an antique Swiss gemstone and Geneva enamel bracelet dating to circa 1830. This delightful example, valued to sell in the $8,000-$12,000 range, depicts young ladies dressed in regional costume with their respective cantons noted on the reverse. The bracelet is expected to garner strong interest from savvy collectors when it hits the block. For watch enthusiasts, Moran’s is happy to offer an incredible A Le Coultre gold minute repeater Chronograph pocket watch at auction. Boasting both a triple calendar and moon-phase movement, the watch is not to be missed by collectors who may lead the lot to exceed its $18,000 to $24,000 estimate. Also of note is a glittering Edwardian diamond heart pendant/brooch made of platinum-topped 18K yellow gold and entirely set with 4.50 carats of diamonds ($1200-$1800). Collectors of jewelry in the Edwardian and Art Deco taste will be happy to see the eras are well represented in the auction, with a selection of rings, bracelets and earrings to match any taste.

Those seeking a more Retro look will have much to choose from at the block. One such example is a natural jadeite jade set in a Retro gold and diamond ring setting. The cabochon of natural, translucent green jadeite jade is expected to capture the attention of buyers searching for those quality natural jade pieces. The ring is expected to outperform its estimate of $15,000-$25,000 when it comes to the block. Another prime example comes in the form of a platinum link bracelet set with baguette-cut rubies, diamonds and sapphires from circa 1950. The expertly crafted bracelet would add a touch of elegance to any holiday outfit and is expected to sell within the $2000-$3000 estimate when it comes to the block. Other whimsical Retro treats include a car and tire-themed bracelet ready to zoom into the hearts of vintage car and design enthusiasts alike (estimate $1500-$2000), a circa 1945 14K yellow gold and sapphire dice-form bracelet which can be worn to attract Lady Luck (estimate $1200-$1800), and a Retro diamond and gold ring that resembles a bow when viewed from above (estimate $2500-$3500).

For a touch of the Mid-Century, Moran’s is pleased to offer a brooch by famed designer Margaret De Patta. The brooch, designed with a quartz cabochon balanced by a Bauhaus-inspired grid, is a fine example of the Modernist, Constructivist aesthetic De Patta has become so well-known and respected for. Examples of her imitable work come up infrequently at auction, and this example is expected to sell within the $5000-$7000 estimate. Other Modernist designers well-represented in the auction include famed jeweler Art Smith as well as Antonio Pineda. Two sterling silver jewelry items, including a brooch and pair of cufflinks by Smith, will hit the block with an $800-$1200 estimate. These pieces will be preceded by two sterling silver and moonstone pieces, a necklace and a bracelet, by Mexican silversmith Antonio Pineda, sure to attract collectors of his work with a $2000-$4000 and $1000-$1500 estimate respectively. Moran’s December 6th auction schedule also comprises a Decorative Art Auction, scheduled for 5:30 pm, which will feature 20th century American design and art pottery, Arts & Crafts furniture and objects, Western and Native American items, and Mid-Century Modern design and artworks. At 8pm, Moran’s will also offer nine lots for their Important Chinese Objects auction including selections from the collection of Andrew F. Chandler. Follow Moran’s updates via www.johnmoran.com for highlights, catalogues and additional auction details.

John Moran is currently consigning for all upcoming 2017 auction dates; for additional information regarding upcoming events or to inquire regarding consignment, 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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