Jade Jewellery in demand amongst buyers

Tennants’ sale of Jewellery, Watches & Silver on 8th April showed strong results for jewellery all round, with the demand for antique and period pieces remaining true. However, it was items of Jade jewellery that really stood apart - with period pieces far exceeding their estimates. Good quality jade is always in demand, with the Chinese market particularly interested in Art Deco pieces. Of note in this sale were four items from private vendors, which drew strong bidding in the room, on the phone and online: a Jade Ring with an oval cabochon stone made £950 (estimate £100-150); a pair of c1930s Jade and Diamond Drop Earrings made £950 (estimate £200-400); a Jade Bead Necklace made £850 (estimate £300-500); and an Art Deco Jade and Diamond Ring made £950 (estimate £250-450).

Elsewhere in the jewellery section, pretty and unusual pieces also caught the bidders’ attention; a Moonstone and Chrysoberyl necklace with heart-shaped moonstones sold for £1,200 against an estimate of £500-800, and a Red Enamel Diamond Set Heart Pendant, which had attracted much interest before the sale, sold for £1,000 against an estimate of £350-550.

Watches and silver sold well too, with consistently good results: a 1965 Technos Sky Diver watch with a good original dial made £900 against an estimate of £400-500, and a Silver First World War Period Rolex made £650 against an estimate of £300-500. The desire of buyers for the unique and quirky pushed the price of a silver plated novelty cocktail shaker designed by Emil Schuelke, modelled as a Penguin, to £420 against an estimate of £50-100.

The sale resulted in a total Hammer Price of £86,630, with 89.8% of the 303 lots sold.

We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Jewellery, Watches & Silver on 23rd September, please contact us on 01969 623780 or enquiry@tennants-ltd.co.uk for details.