Today we’re going to have an other edition of one of my favorite pastimes: looking at jewelry I want to buy through Bidsquare!
When I feature auctions, the temptation is always to show you the most spectacular, mind-blowing pieces. We’re still going to do a little of that today. But my main focus is going to be on highlighting the achievable Bidsquare pieces: the ones that a person like you or I could potentially afford and wear in real life.
Because that’s the real fun of auctions, isn’t it? The thrill of the hunt, the chance for an unexpected find or a spectacular deal.
I know you’re with me, because I also know that a few of you are the new owners of auction items I featured in December. Thank you for giving those pieces good homes! I can’t afford to adopt them all myself.
This is an incredibly cool Egyptian revival style enameled silver piece by renowned Mexican jewelry designer, Margot de Taxco. The silver keeps it affordable while its provenance guarantees quality. It’s awesomeness, I believe, is apparent; it’s so bright and interesting. The bidding for this beauty starts at just $250.
This necklace would fit right into any number of contemporary wardrobes. It’s funky and vibrant, with an obvious quality of craftsmanship that keeps it feeling luxe.
The coolest thing about Bidsquare – as we have discussed before – is the fact that it brings you lots from many different reputable auction houses, all in one place. The lots in this post come from a couple of different sales; click on the links below the pictures to go directly to each piece’s listing.
This is SUCH a cool ring. It’s antique and features luminous abalone in a lacy, filigreed 10K gold. The design is so interesting, and the bidding starts at just $100 so it’s wonderfully affordable as well.
This is a perfect buy for someone who’s new to auctions and wants an exciting piece to start with that won’t do toooooo much financial damage.
This ring is not low budget. But it’s so, so, so good that buying it could never be a bad idea. That’s a 5.23 ct no heat Ceylon sapphire framed by 12 full-cut diamonds and flanked on the shoulders by a pair of baguettes.
This piece is gorgeous and a 5.23 ct Ceylon sapphire is nothing to sneeze at. Even cooler: we know its history. This ring comes from the Estate of Jane Warren Jones, of Greenwich, CT, and Toronto, Canada. She was an accomplished artist with a passion for jewelry, and many of the items in her collection were either custom made for her or purchased from the top jewelers in Greenwich and Toronto in the 1940s-60s.
The auction estimate is $20,000 – $30,000. So as I said…not low budget. But extremely worth buying if possible.
This Cartier enamel and diamond bracelet was part of Jane Warren Jones’ collection, too.
Jane was clearly a lady after my own heart. I love when you get to learn some of the history of jewelry’s previous owners.
These three eternity bands would be such a good buy for anyone who wears a size 6 ring (which I do, actually, but I JUST bought a new ring so I’m trying to resist). They’re three different combinations: 14K yellow gold with rubies, platinum with blue sapphires, and 18K gold with yellow sapphires.
The auction estimate is $1,000-$1,500: a range that is solidly in the 4 digit neighborhood, but a great deal for what we have here, especially since one of the rings is unusual – how often do you see a yellow sapphire eternity band? – and one is set in platinum. A set of three beauties like this would be such a useful addition to anyone’s collection. You could wear them alone, stack them together, pair them in twos, or use them to add a pop of color to other pieces.
My #1 favorite thing about auctions is their ability to put you in the path of a piece you wouldn’t have known you wanted until you stumbled across it. This choker is one of those for me.
I love its vaguely Etruscan feel, combined with the modern and funky links connecting the embellished plaques of the necklace. This is so on trend, and yet classic. In solid 18K gold, it’s a pretty good deal with the bidding starting at $500. I love the idea of wearing it with jeans and a simple top, maybe gray or black.
This book charm!! I don’t know if I want to try to get you to buy it so that I don’t succumb to temptation myself, or warn you away from it because I want it for myself.
It’s so cool!! And booklike. And wearable: you could put it on a charm bracelet or wear it on a chain as a pendant, put little pictures in the internal frames, or just enjoy its ornate outside. It’s 18K gold, and the auction estimate is potentially quite achievable at $400-$800.
This is a deviation from my theme of sensible buys: but these ruby, diamond, and sapphire-set cufflinks in a fitted Japanese metal box with a farm scene featuring chickens are just too darn cool to scroll by.
I think these would be an amazing gift to give to someone; a truly special piece to receive. If you want them for yourself and you don’t wear cufflinks, these could easily be converted to earrings, pendants, or rings by a capable jeweler. Their bidding starts at $400.
How great is this bracelet? Those big, Jolly Rancher-like gems alternating with chunky gold links. The bracelet itself is 14K yellow gold, the gems are emerald-cut citrine, tourmaline, amethyst, aquamarine, and peridot.
The best part: the auction estimate is only $300-$500, the starting bid $150. That’s a whole lot of colored gemstone goodness for not a lot of cash.
With four creamy pearls nestled in a halo of fourteen diamonds, this platinum and yellow gold ring offers a lot of look for a piece with a starting bid of $400.
Everyone should have a piece like this: it’s special enough to make you smile when you look at your hand, but not so fragile or big that you can’t wear it to the grocery store with your sweatpants if you feel like adding a little sparkle to your errands. This is the kind of thing I think every woman should buy for herself at least once – to mark a promotion, or just because you’re great and you deserve a treat.
And now we’re going to leap greatly upwards in price range to look at my very favorite piece currently up for auction on bracelet: this magnificent snake bangle.
It’s antique and Russian, 14K yellow gold with a nice juicy sapphire cabochon and diamond eyes. I think its sleek, golden curves and glowing sapphire head are utterly perfect. Its auction estimate is $1,400 – $2,800, which isn’t astronomical but is way more than my jewelry budget can manage at the moment.
Maybe one of you can give it a good home…and perhaps let me visit it?
That’s all of the pieces I’m highlighting today, but there’s plenty more! If you click the link at the end of this sentence it’ll take you right to all of the jewelry that’s currently up for auction on Bidsquare. One of these auctions ends as soon as February 5th, so be sure to look at the auction dates if there’s something you’re coveting.
Happy hunting! Be sure to let me know what you find.
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Dale Fournier says
I love the book charm! And the necklace…
Who would not want the Japanese box with 2017 being the year of the Rooster?!
The pearl ring is very pretty too, is the mark on the shank an indication that it is French?