Classic American style is timeless at Bonhams

Salon Jewellery
24 Sep 2012
Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Bonhams is pleased to announce a strong result for its quarterly Salon Jewellery & Watches auction on September 24 in Los Angeles, simulcast to San Francisco. The sale featured an impressive selection of classically inspired vintage and retro brooches, bracelets, necklaces and accessories from the early 20th century to the 1980s.

Leading the September auction was a patriotic ruby, sapphire and diamond brooch in the shape of a waving American flag by Oscar Heyman & Brothers (est. $6,000-8,000, sold for $31,250). The piece prominently features a maker's mark, number and numerous fancy-cut sapphires, calibré-cut rubies, round brilliant, baguette and pear-shaped diamonds.

Michael Larsen, Jewellery Specialist at Bonhams, said of the auction: "The September auction featured noticeably strong results for precious coloured gemstones as well as fine jade, which also performed very well. Signed and period pieces were crowd favourites, achieving results well above their high estimates. Buyers also displayed patriotic fervour when the top lot, an American flag brooch and the auction catalogue's back cover, realised nearly four times its pre-sale estimate. It was an impressive showing on the West Coast as we head into the Los Angeles preview for sales of Fine Jewellery, a single owner collection entitled 'Tony Duquette: Jewels of Enchantment' and 'Eight Exceptional Jewels from a Private Collection' to be offered in Hong Kong. We hope to see you then."

Period highlights included a timeless emerald, ruby and diamond pendant/brooch (est. $3,000-5,000, sold for $23,750). The piece boasted a central oval-shaped emerald cabochon weighing approximately 30 carats surrounded by a classic arrangement of diamonds, rubies and emeralds.

Additional jewellery of note included a playful emerald, diamond, white sapphire and enamel tassel pendant/necklace (est. $4,000-6,000, sold for $16,250); an eighteen karat gold tubogas necklace by Cartier, circa 1940 (est. $2,500-3,000, sold for $10,625); an impressive oval-shaped jadeite jade cabochon and diamond ring (est. $7,000-9,000, sold for $ 10,625) and a carved hardstone, gem-set and diamond bracelet by Santagostino from the "Caribbean reef" collection (est. $3,000-5,000, sold for $10,000).

West Coast previews for Fine Jewellery, "Tony Duquette: Jewels of Enchantment" and "Eight Exceptional Jewels from a Private Collection" will be held on September 28-30 in Los Angeles and October 4-6 in San Francisco.

Fine Jewellery auction: October 15, New York

"Tony Duquette: Jewels of Enchantment" auction: October 15, New York

"Eight Exceptional Jewels from a Private Collection" auction: November 26, Hong Kong

The illustrated auction catalogues for these sales are available online for review and purchase at


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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