Brooches to make a comeback at Fellows Auctioneers jewellery sale

A&M Brooches

Brooches are expected to be the most sought after items at Fellows Auctioneers’ Antique & Modern Jewellery sale on August 13, with bug and butterfly pieces proving particularly popular among bidders. 

The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter-based auction house will present 750 lots next month, including a woven gold, diamond, ruby, sapphire and turquoise jardinière brooch (lot 117).

Bug brooches first found popularity in the 1860s and were particular favourites of wealthy women in the Victorian era.  Lot 87, a round bug brooch with a cultured pearl abdomen and diamond set wings, is expected to be a particular highlight of the Fellows sale, with an estimate of £1,200 to £1,800.

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Other novelty brooches in the sale include a gem-set rabbit smoking a pipe, a bejewelled tractor brooch and a diamond encrusted frog complete with cabochon emerald eyes.

Fellows has also highlighted a striking hummingbird brooch as one of the rarer pieces in its upcoming auction, featuring cabochon ruby eyes, a gold beak and iridescent feathers. Created circa 1870, the brooch is described as a “fantastic example of high Victorian period jewellery design”. The item has a guide price of £500 to £700.

A number of designer names will also hit the auction block, including an enamel and gem set Carlo Guiliano brooch (lot 287) withan estimate of £100-150; a Dior spinel pendant (lot 299); and a Tiffany Elsa Peretti ‘bean’ set of necklace and earrings (lot 319).

A Cartier sapphire and diamond full eternity ring estimated at £800 to £1,200 is also expected to garner enthusiastic bidding.

In August, Fellows will also host its Loose Stones Sale, including an impressive single-owner collection of GIA certified fancy coloured stones. Running from August 4 to 14 at 12 noon, this online timed sale will be on view alongside the Antique & Modern auction pieces, so interested parties are encouraged to visit the Auctioneers’ Jewellery Quarter saleroom.

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