Fine and Important Jewellery Auction at Hindman

by Reema Farooqui

So many treasures to be found!

Hindman is having its end of the year Fine and Important Jewelry auction on December 7, 2020. This sale will be held at their Chicago offices and will be open for bidding live as well as online.

Recognised as one of the leading international fine auction houses, Hindman conducts over a hundred auctions annually, in many different categories such as fine jewellery, fine art, manuscripts and books and couture, to name a few.

The auction on December 7th features almost two hundred lots of fine and high jewellery. The pieces come from a wide variety of time periods and styles, including antique, vintage and contemporary jewels as well as signed pieces from jewellery houses such as Cartier, David Webb, Oscar Heyman & Brothers, Tiffany & Co., Buccellati as well as Van Cleef & Arpels. However, the Property from the Estate of Louise Hart will lead the sale and includes some very important diamond and coloured gemstone pieces.

As I perused the online catalogue, I first made a beeline for the pearl jewellery pieces. Here, I was enchanted by the beauty and variety of the pearl jewellery on offer. There were several jewellery lots that looked spectacular but here are the ones that really appealed to me.

Lot 111, Turquoise and Cultured Baroque Pearl Cuff Bracelet, Mario Buccellati

Lot 111, Turquoise and Cultured Baroque Pearl Cuff Bracelet, Mario Buccellati. Estimate $4,000-$6,000 USD

An open foliate design, six gorgeous baroque pearls and crafted by Buccellati, need I say more? This cuff bracelet is truly lovely and the colour combination of gold, turquoise and white is superb. (Mounted in bi-coloured gold and engraved: M. Buccellati Italy)

Lot 85, Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace

Lot 85, Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace. Estimate $ 4000-$6,000 USD

A gorgeous graduated natural pearl necklace with a diamond clasp. The cream coloured natural pearls have been certified of salt water origin by GIA and are well matched in every way. However, take a moment to observe their lustre, dazzling and luminous, speaking volumes about the quality of natural pearls in this necklace. What I personally love about natural pearls is their lustre. Pure nacre, nothing is quite as attractive as that. Well-pampered natural pearls, such as those in Lot 85, always retain their lustre which makes them precious and can be great addition to any pearl lover’s jewellery collection. (Property from the Estate of Louise Hart, Glencoe, Illinois)

Lot 144, Collection of Conch Pearls

Lot 144, A Collection of Conch Pearls. Estimate $ 1,500- $ 2,500

Consisting of a conch pearl measuring approximately 9.55 x 7.00 mm and a conch pearl measuring approximately 10.60 x 7.85 mm, this is a lot that really piqued my interest. Pink and peachy pink on colour and gorgeously porcelain in finish, these little beauties are waiting to be adorned in fine and high jewellery pieces. With such pretty building blocks, the sky is the limit to where jewellery design and creativity can take you.

Lot 176, Diamond and Cultured Pearl Necklace

Lot 176, Diamond and Cultured Pearl Necklace. Estimate $ 5,000-$7,000 USD

Every once in a while, a cultured pearl necklace come along which totally captivates me. Lot 176 is one such necklace. A strand of Akoya Pearls, white and luminous make up this necklace The diamond and pearl set clasp, which doubles as a pendant is, in one word, just lovely. The dangling baroque South Sea pearl adds an expressive touch and makes this necklace truly one of a kind. What I love about this necklace is how well the colour and lustre of the Akoya pearls’ strand matches that of the South Sea pearls in the pendant/clasp. A rare find!

This auction has many exquisite fine and high jewellery pieces that will appeal to jewellery lovers everywhere. However, an exceptional pair of diamond and emerald ear clips and an antique royal diamond tiara, with a rather interesting history, are two lots that definitely should not to be missed.

So, if you haven’t checked out this auction then you really are missing a special treat.

You can find out more about this auction at

Featured Image: Lot 15, Edwardian Emerald, Diamond and Seed Pearl Convertible Pendant/Necklace. Estimate $6,000-8,000 USD

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