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Monday, November 5, 2012

HIGH END AUCTION HOUSE AUCTIONS NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 2012

Pink Sapphire/Diamond Necklace on Auction at DUPUISNovember 18, 2012
It's time to torment ourselves again i.e. torment ourselves with all the gorgeous jewelry on auction at the upcoming high-end auction houses like DUPUIS, HERITAGE, RICHIES ... just to name a few.

If you click on the link beneath that ravishing Pink Sapphire and Diamond Necklace shown on the left, you can get a good look at this one on Dupuis' own site. This incredible necklace contains 73cts of pink sapphires, framed in borders of glittering diamonds. We held this beauty in our hands and dreamed of owning it when we went to Dupuis premises in Toronto this past Friday to preview the jewels. Do you have any idea how hard it is to look at something like this, hold it in your hands, put it loosely around your neck and know you couldn't even begin to consider the estimated auction price it's expected to fetch: between $20,000 - $25.000 USD! Oh why do we persecute ourselves by doing this!

We spent over 4 hours admiring and handling items like these 1920 Natural Pearl & Diamond Earrings by Chaumet (left). The expected hammer fall on this valuable item? Only $75,000 - $85,000!

And of course, much of our time was spent looking at rings since those are the most popular items in our DIVINE FINDS JEWELRY shop at Ruby Lane. Oh how we'd love to be able to afford to buy even one of them to offer you. There was a marvellous alexandrite, one of ours and yours favourite gemstones, several rubies (Burma) and emeralds (Columbian) and this absolutely outstanding Cashmir Sapphire and diamond ring below:


It looks so simple right? Then why do they expect it to sell for ... ready ... over $110,000? Why? Because it's an UNHEATED, UNTREATED 4.53ct Cashmir sapphire. Do you know how rare it is to find an actual Cashmir sapphire that is this large and hasn't been treated? 

There were so many gorgeous pieces there that we came away with headaches and wishing we could win the lottery. We'd be lucky to afford to buy 1-2 pieces! But it's such fun to look at them & dream. 

Then we got home to find that Heritage Auctions had just sent us their catalogues for both their Luxury Accessories and Christmas Jewelry Auctions taking place on December 3/4.  More fabulous jewelry to tantalize us with! So much of it is antique, art deco, Edwardian ... sigh. You can browse their catalogue online too at THIS LINK where the online bidding has already begun. Up for grabs, with a reserve of $7000, is this over 3.3cts of yellow and white diamonds ring:




My husband browsed through their handbag catalogue full of bags from Hermes, Prada, Louis Vuitton etc.  and nearly keeled over. He saw estimates as low as a few thousand dollars up to $60,000 and more for ... a "Purse"! He nearly gagged, saying that he should have bought the 2007 Volvo we were recently considering. They only wanted $16,000 for a car that could drive over "that purse" and it'd be worth nothing!

While in Toronto, we dropped into one of our appraisers and he mentioned the Ritchies Auctions. We weren't familiar with those so I googled them and found them HERE. Seems they too have a jewelry auction coming up on November 24/25 but there's nothing showing in their online catalogue just now. But a check through their past auctions yielded some awesome results. For instance, in November 2011, the gorgeous emerald and diamond earrings below sold for $20,400!


Gosh it must be fun to be able to spend that kind of money on earrings! But folks like me don't have that kind of money. We're happy that we can locate some lovely items that we can afford to offer our buyers at reasonable dollars, like these 22k/18k NATURAL fancy yellow diamond earrings below:

22k/18k Natural fancy yellow Diamond dangling earrings available now from DIVINE FINDS JEWELRY

And we have a glorious natural yellow diamond necklace that goes perfectly with those:

Natural yellow diamond drop necklace available at DIVINE FINDS JEWELRY

The necklace alone recently appraised over $9500. Needless to say, the earrings and necklace work perfectly together as a set.

You know, with the US elections just a couple of days away, and American Thanksgiving coming up soon, it's easy for buyers to forget that it's time to start your ONLINE Christmas shopping NOW. Once Thanksgiving is past, time gets very short for shipping items in time for Christmas delivery. In Canada, where we're located, our cut-off times for shipping outside Canada are somewhere between December 5-10. That's a month away today. So if you're showing hubby or the boyfriend an item in our shop that you would love to find under the tree, remind him not to wait to order it. The time to order is NOW to avoid disappointment. 

And do peruse our shop. We've just had a Red Tag sale where buyers saved 50% on some of our lovely items. We're planning to put a few items on sale in the next few days, but you won't know about them unless you visit the shop daily or are subscribed to our newsletter. That newsletter keeps subscribers updated on changes in our prices and new additions almost daily. So subscribe today. You'll find the link for doing so on the left-hand menu of our home page DIVINE FINDS JEWELRY.