'Ring'ing in Spring at Bonhams March Salon Jewellery auction In San Francisco to feature elegant collection of gems

Salon Jewellery & Watches
26 Mar 2012
San Francisco

San Francisco – Bonhams looks forward to presenting its quarterly Salon Jewellery & Watches auction, March 26 in San Francisco, featuring an impressive selection of rings, bracelets and accessories.

One of the auction's star lots will be a Cartier, French, cultured pearl and emerald "Panthère" bracelet, composed of five strands of cultured pearls, measuring approx. 3.9 to 3.5mm, signed Cartier and mounted in blackened silver and eighteen karat gold (est. $1,000-$1,500).

A sapphire and diamond three-stone ring mounted in eighteen karat gold also stands out in the sale with its 1.60 circular-cut carat sapphire centred between two old mine-cut diamonds, weighing approx. 1.20 and 1.10 carats each (pre-sale est. $6,000-$8,000).

Also highlighted in the auction will be a David Webb, 1.25 carat diamond pavé-set ring, mounted in platinum and eighteen karat gold and signed Webb (pre-sale est. $4,000-$6,000); an art deco diamond, emerald and platinum ring (est. $3,000-$5,000); and an opal diamond ring (est. $3,000-$5,000).

Deborah Boskin, Jewellery Specialist at Bonhams, says of the auction, "Coming off 2011, which was one of our strongest jewellery sale years in history, we are excited to begin 2012 with our spring auction. The wide array of signed, period and contemporary jewellery holds something for collectors and jewellery enthusiasts alike."

Also at Bonhams, leading up to the Salon Jewellery sale, will be the Period Art & Design auction, March 25-26 in San Francisco, featuring jewellery, pens and writing instruments, photographs and ethnographic art, in addition to its always anticipated selection of fine art, furniture, decorative arts and rugs.

Jewelry highlights from the Period Art & Design auction will include a pair of diamond and yellow-plated eighteen karat white gold hoop earrings (est. $1,200-$1,500) and a diamond and emerald swan brooch (est. $800-$1,000).

Additional highlights will include a Tabriz carpet, circa 1920, from Northwest Persia, measuring approx. 8ft. 11in. x 13ft. 2in. (est. $2,500-$3,500); a Gothic style Aubusson tapestry from the fourth quarter of the 19th century, worked in autumnal shades, depicting maidens and guards under banners surrounded by exuberant flowering vines (est. $2,000-$3,000); a George III, inlaid mahogany knife box from the fourth quarter of the 18th century (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a pietra dura mounted ebonized rosewood jewellery box, circa 1900 (est. $1,000-$1,500).

Among the notable furniture on offer will be a mid-18th century, German Rococo walnut chest of drawers (est. $3,000-$5,000); a Louis XV, gilt metal mounted rosewood and parquetry writing table from the fourth quarter of the 19th century (est. $3,000-$4,000); a George III, mahogany architect's desk from the last quarter of the 18th century (est. $2,000-$3,000); and an assembled set of five, mid-19th century, Anglo Indian ebonized armchairs in the Regency taste (est. $1,800-$2,200).

The illustrated catalogues for both sales will be available online in the weeks preceding them, for review and purchase at www.bonhams.com.

Salon Jewellery & Watches auction preview: March 23-25
San Francisco Salon Jewellery & Watches auction: March 26
San Francisco Period Art & Design auction preview: March 23-25
San Francisco Period Art & Design auction: March 25-26, San Francisco

Press Contacts: Joalien Johnson: (415) 503-3348, joalien.johnson@bonhams.com Jannelle Grigsby: (310) 567-7990, jannelle.grigsby@bonhams.com Julie Saunders Guinta: (917) 206-1681, julie.saunders@bonhams.com


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 www.bonhams.com

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