Diamonds may always come out on top but the top ten sellers of Jewellery Auction on 20 May also features blue sapphires, colour-change sapphires, orange sapphires and rubies. Perhaps it is the warmer weather or the upcoming holiday season but one thing is for sure – the success of coloured stones shows no signs of slowing down. Lot 35, a rare colour-change sapphire ring sold for £2200 to a phone bidder from Ireland, nearly double its estimate.
The orange sapphire and diamond ring at lot 247 also sold for £2200, this time to a local room bidder. The internet provided strong competition for lots 8 and 245, two sapphire and diamond rings, the first of which had a certificate, these sold for a combined total hammer of £6800.
Not to be completely outdone, it was, of course, a diamond that achieved the highest hammer price of £18,000 – lot 25 was an outstanding diamond solitaire ring of approximately 3.59 carats.
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Written by Sarah Cotter