With the April 17th Antique Jewelry Auction at Fellows less than a week away, I decided to highlight one of the pieces I think is going to sell well above its auction estimate. This antique platinum and diamond tiara has all the makings of a being a very special and prized heirloom. It is blingy, refined, comes with its original box, and has signs of age that can only mean this piece was well loved and worn more than a couple of times over the years. Oh, the stories it would tell!
The garland design showcased here is a classic staple of the Edwardian era, with the focal points being sets of old cut diamonds circling around a bright focal diamond with foliate diamond accents. These sections alternate between more streamlined and geometric accent stones.
There are approximately 10cts of well matched antique diamonds that are connected to a base metal frame that has been wrapped in fabric. As the heirloom is now, it cannot be taken off the base to be worn as a necklace like so many of the convertible pieces from this era were capable of. Maybe a skilled goldsmith could make this a possibility?
Current auction estimate is between 5,000 – 7,000 GBP. What do you think it will sell for?