The auction made over £4.8million and was led by a fine and elegant diamond ring that sold for £506,500, as well as a Bulgari diamond ring, which achieved £86,500. Both pieces exceeded pre-sale high estimates. Other highlights included an early-20th-century tourmaline and seed pearl necklace by Tiffany & Co., which achieved £56,250 against a pre-sale estimate of 10,000-15,000, and a sapphire and diamond necklace, also from the early 20th century, which sold for £68,500 exceeding its high estimate of £10,000.
Zoomorphic themes have been a popular artistic theme since antiquity, initially used for their talismanic properties and as personifications of ancient gods. Terriers represent fidelity; frogs stand in for marital bliss, and the serpent ‘ouroboros’ mean eternity. This sale features an array of animal-themed jewels, employed for their decorative value, from Cartier terriers and turtles to Graff koalas and squirrels from the 1920s to the present.
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