Every now and then, a really good gem story comes along. This is one of those stories.
A very rare and large spinel that has not been offered for sale for 98 years is set to hit the auction block at Bonhams London on September 24, 2015. The unusual gemstone is called the “Hope Spinel,” it is a 50.13 carat rose hued stone that has an octagonal cut and was set as a brooch in the 19th century. Does the Hope name sound familiar? It should, read on.
At the Bonhams white glove sale in London this past Wednesday, the Ceres Collection, (read about it here in case you missed my first post) a collection of 101 rare and historic cameos and intaglios dating back to the 4th century B.C., sold for more than $490,000. The initial estimate was $171,568. Bonhams said that the majority of the rings doubled their estimates, while a number of pieces went for 10 and even 20 times higher than expected.
Bonhams on New Bond Street in London will be auctioning off a collection of rare and historic cameos and intaglios at their Fine Jewelry Sale on September 17, 2014. Some of the cameos date as far back as the 4th century B.C.
It is being referred to as the “The Ceres Collection” and it is made up of more than 101 engraved cameo and intaglio rings, worth a combined estimated $171,568. The collection is being sold without reserves.