Australia Jewels Auction to be held in Sydney, 14 August 2019

A Diamond Single-Stone Ring by Harry Winston, 1973

Sydney Australia: Leading international auction house Bonhams is introducing a jewellery sale into its Australian calendar. Consignments are now open for Bonhams' Australia Jewels Auction to be held in Sydney, 14 August 2019.

Bonhams is at the forefront of the international jewellery world, selling more jewellery than any other auction house with 30 auctions taking place globally throughout the year.

Continuing Bonhams' success in the Asia Pacific Jewellery market, Bonhams Australia now joins the company's international network of auctions held in the key jewellery locations: London, New York, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles.

Director Bonhams Australia, Merryn Schriever said: "Bonhams has a clear vision for Australia as an integral part of its future growth in the Asian Pacific region. We are delighted to expand our calendar to include an Australia Jewels auction in Sydney this August. With 20 dedicated specialists throughout Asia, Europe, America and Australia, Bonhams is able to offer an expert and responsive service.

"With the introduction of Bonhams' Australia Jewels Auction, our aim is to offer an approachable and accessible service while at the same time enabling a piece of jewellery to be sold at an international level with international buyers who can bid online, on the telephone and in person in the saleroom," added Ms Schriever.

Jean Ghika, Bonhams Global Head of Jewellery comments: "The global reach of the Bonhams international jewellery department means we are perfectly placed to offer clients in Australia access to both the local and international market, delivering the very best results whether it be a period, modern, or multimillion dollar jewel or gemstone. I am delighted that with the reintroduction of Australian Jewellery auctions we will be able to deliver a bespoke service to our client base which is rooted in both specialist expertise coupled with the highest level of customer care."

Last year Bonhams Australia Jewellery specialist, Fiona Frith, sold an extremely rare fancy intense blue diamond ring for an Australian family in Hong Kong achieving the top lot for that auction – AU$866,000

Australian Jewellery Specialist, Fiona Frith comments: "Of all the markets, Jewellery is the one most connected to our ideas of romance and love. It also happens to be one of the world's largest auction markets with phenomenal growth opportunities. The results we have achieved for Australian clients in our overseas salerooms in recent years has underscored this. The addition of an Australian sale to the Bonhams calendar is timely and in demand. We look forward to continuing to give our vendors access to international markets, whilst building a special event for local collectors.

Fiona Frith, together with international colleagues, can help you identify which jewels are most in demand and offer you advice for every piece of jewellery that Bonhams may sell, whether it be a relatively modest jewel or a multi-million-dollar gem.

Consignments are now open for Bonhams' Australia Jewels Auction, 7 August 2019 .

Fiona Frith is available for complimentary and confidential consultations - telephone +61 2 8412 2222 or +61 3 8640 4088 or email fiona.frith@bonhams.com

Key advice if considering a valuation and what's catching the eyes of jewellery buyers in 2019:

• Coloured Diamonds: Exceptionally rare coloured diamonds; pink, yellow, blue, red and green diamonds performing extremely well at auction. We have seen the largest growth in this market over the past few years and predict this market to perform the strongest into the future.
• Old Diamonds: Antique diamonds are often cut by hand and no two are identical. These older diamonds may look less uniform, but given their charm – and if in good condition – they can fetch large sums at auction.

• Coloured Stones: Old mine rubies, sapphires and emeralds can be more valuable than their newer mined counterparts, particularly if they come from famous mines that have now been or close to being exhausted. This is a particularly specialised area and it is worth consulting a Bonhams jewellery specialist who will be able to provide expert insights about the quality and origin of the stone.
• Signed Jewellery: Hallmarks, signatures, initials, a name or even a code on the back of a jewel can signify that it came from a highly sought-after house such as Cartier or Van Cleef & Arpels. On older pieces these signatures can make a huge difference to the eventual selling price.
• Natural Pearls: In the late 19th and early 20th Century, pearls were one of the main status symbols in high society. They were highly sought after and very valuable, taking many years even for a single, well-formed spherical or drop-shaped pearl to grow. However, at the end of the 1920s, with the arrival of cultured pearls – purpose-grown and much more regular in shape – prices of natural pearls dropped. It is only in the last two decades that prices of natural pearls have begun to climb again especially in the Australian market. Bonhams jewllery specialists can distinguish between natural and cultured pearls, often with the assistance of a laboratory X-ray to confirm their origin.
• Remember an original box or receipt shows provenance of a piece of jewellery, which can make a considerable difference to its value.
• And old photographs of family members wearing the piece can also help identify and show provenance and worth bringing along to the valuation.

Bonhams Australia Jewels Auction Preview dates:
9 - 13 August 2019 22 Bonhams, 97-99 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW 2025.

Bonhams Australia Jewels Auction
14 August 2019 22 Bonhams, 97-99 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW 2025.

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MEDIA CONTACT: To request interviews with Bonhams' Jewellery Specialist Fiona Frith or Director of Bonhams Australia, Merryn Schriever please contact: Claire Martin, Claire@articulatepr.com.au, 0414 437 588 or Megan Bentley, Megan@articulatepr.com.au, 0452 214 611

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