Antique brooches for enthusiastic collectors
Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 8th February, 2016
Two antique brooches – one a butterfly diamond and sapphire bought in 1923 in Paris and featured on the auction catalogue cover – are major drawcards for Philips Auctions first jewellery sale for 2016 from 6pm Monday February 15 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.
The other (on the inside cover) is a diamond brooch made by the vendor’s grandfather who was a jeweller.
The auction contains a quality selection of ruby rings and earrings that auction goers can be comfortable bidding for knowing they are in excellent condition.
According to Philips Auctions resident gemmologist Tanya Philips, many rubies fracture or crackle clench and are glass-filled to solve the problem.
Without professional advice, auction bidders would find this situation difficult to detect.
Other interesting items include a Georgian gold male shoe buckle.