LONDON.- Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
announced their Fine Jewellery, Watches, Silver & Objects of Vertu sale which will take place on 24 November at Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2JE. An exquisite selection of jewellery will be on offer, including high jewellery pieces by international designers Assil New York, Margherita Burgener and Sevan Biçakçi.
A star lot in the sale is a stunning sapphire and diamond bib necklace and matching bracelet (pictured) by acclaimed fine gemstone and diamond jeweller Assil New York. The Manhattan based jewellery house began as stone dealers and remains preeminent in the world of gemstones and diamonds, attracting the worlds finest designers and coloured stone cutters to work with them. Assil developed designing and creating their own remarkable pieces of jewellery and have clients which include royalty and international celebrities. The sensational multi-coloured bib necklace graduates between a remarkable range of deep blue sapphires, peppered with yellow and pink diamonds. This show-stopping set is estimated at £15,000-20,000, and would be a stand-out addition for any jewellery collector.
Jewellery connoisseurs will be excited by the opportunity to acquire pieces by Margherita Burgener. The Italian designer from Valenza, the hometown of high-class Italian jewellery, creates unique pieces in her family workshop and cites a love of nature as the main source of her inspiration. Those celebrating birthdays around Christmas time will find one of Burgeners pieces particularly timely. The December birthstone, turquoise, is framed with rows of diamonds in an elegant dress ring and beautifully demonstrates Burgeners philosophy of uniqueness and love of design. Furthermore, a stunning peridot, rose quartz and diamond ring serves as a striking example of the designers fascination with natural elements and the little wonders of nature. Both items carry an estimate of £3,000-£5,000.
There are several other excellent peridot pieces in the sale, including an elegant diamond frog brooch (Est. £1,500-2,000) and a charming pair of peridot and diamond flower-head ear clips (Est. £1,500-2,000).
For yet more exceptional pieces buyers can look to creations by renowned Turkish jeweller, Sevan Biçakçi. Biçakçi started an apprenticeship with a master metalsmith at the age of 12 and can now claim a rich following of celebrity clients including Catherine Zeta Jones, Elizabeth Hurley, Liv Tyler, Halle Berry, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. Based close to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Biçakçi uses traditional techniques along with modern technologies, several of which have never been publicly revealed, to create unique and intricate pieces. His creations incorporate Byzantine and Ottoman designs as well as drawing on inspiration from the purity and particular cut of the stone.
Two beautiful rings by Biçakçi are highlights in the sale and will provide buyers a rare opportunity to secure pieces by the designer who was nicknamed The Lord of the Rings. They offer wonderful examples of the intaglio or gem carving synonymous with his work which bring a great depth and visual complexity to the stones. The first piece is a carved smoky quartz intaglio and diamond "Dionysus" ring, where looking closely into the quartz you can see an intricate cameo of the Greek god. A chunkier, carved citrine intaglio, diamond and yellow diamond "Poseidon" ring (pictured) offers the same level of breath-taking detail. Both rings carry estimates of £12,000-18,000.