Summer Bling at EWBANK’S!

EWBANK’S AUCTION HOUSE, is preparing for its summer sale of jewellery, watches and coins, which takes place on the 19th June and features a single-owner collection of around 50 Victorian rings, which have been split into individual lots.

Assembled over a period of 20 years by one lady, the collection is now consigned for sale by her three daughters. The collection illustrates the fashions in rings from the Victorian period, and though they’re modest pieces, most contain small gemstones and are set in gold. This was the first time in history when gold jewellery was worn by a broad social spectrum of ladies. Pre-sale guide prices for the rings range from £50 to £200.

A Victorian, 15ct gold, pearl- set bracelet is also on sale, and has been valued at between £800 and £1,200. The team at Ewbank’s described it as “beautifully crafted” and “timeless in its simplicity”. An early 19th century cross pendant, set with topaz stones, is sure to delight collectors. Valued at between £400 and £600, the piece is typical of the simple pendants of the period.

Andrea Machen, Ewbank’s jewellery specialist, and member of The Society of Jewellery Historians, said: “Topaz crosses of this type, were, for example, sent to author Jane Austen and her sister, by their naval officer brother Charles in 1801. He had bought them as a gift from money received as a reward for action in capturing a privateer vessel. Austen’s was one of the writer’s most treasured possessions and is now held in the Hampshire museum.’’

An 18ct gold Georgian mourning ring, with enamel, depicting a classical urn, a common theme, has been valued at between £200 and £300. The ring has a dedication to a lady who died in 1780, at the grand age of 80. These rings are particularly sought after by collectors of Georgian jewellery.

An unusual suite of jewellery, comprising brooch and earrings carved with cherubs, is typical of those purchased on The Grand Tour is going on sale. The Grand Tour was a coming of age travel adventure around Europe and the near East, popular with the noble classes in the early 19th century. The pieces are made of petrified lava found around volcanic regions in Italy, and are carved with classical figures, and have a guide price of between £100 and £150.

The auction will take place at Ewbank’s auction rooms, near Guildford, and will include more than 300 lots of both antique and modern jewellery and watches. There is still time consign, as final entries for the sale close on 14th June. Jewellery specialist Andrea Machen and gemmologist

Emily Angus would be happy to give free auction estimates. Call to arrange an appointment or arrange a visit for larger collections.

If you plan on visiting for the sale, the auction rooms are located at Burnt Common in Send just off the A3, or you can bid live online through their website.

Woo Gilchrist