Fortuna’s first sale of 2021, January Jewels & Watches, took place on Thursday, January 28 at 11AM EST. January offered a broad assortment of gorgeous estate and designer jewels from world-renowned brands—most notably a desirable Bulgari Diamond Serpenti Ring that has grown into one of Bulgari’s most iconic contributions to high fashion.
Whether you were hunting for the perfect piece to surprise your loved ones this Valentine’s Day or you wanted to breathe new life into your current wardrobe, January’s collection had the perfect jewels to start this New Year in a grand fashion.
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Bulgari Serpenti Diamond and Emerald Ring
The Bulgari Serpenti design was first introduced by the acclaimed Italian jewelry maison in the 1940s and has since garnered a fervent global following, especially among celebrities. This ring is particularly dazzling with its round brilliant-cut diamond scales and pear-shaped emerald eyes. The sensual serpent gets its inspiration from as far back as ancient Greek and Roman mythology and is one of Bulgari’s better-known collections. This lovely example, accompanied by the original Bulgari box, achieved $21,250 at auction.
Tiffany & Co. Antique Moonstone and Sapphire Necklace
As a brand with history that spans over 180 years, Tiffany & Co. has been long revered for their old school glamour, as well as their modern, contemporary designs. This unequaled piece, from an esteemed Texas estate, offers a rare look at the quality craftsmanship present in the American jewelry house’s designs from circa half a century ago. Because of the overall rarity and bespoke nature of the design, this Tiffany & Co. Antique Moonstone and Sapphire Necklace was indubitably an auction favorite! After an initial starting bid of $7,500, the hand-inscribed antique piece garnered a bidding frenzy which ultimately resulted in a final sold price of $30,000.
Emerald and Diamond Ring
Behind the scenes of our January Jewels & Watches sale, a bidding war brewed between pre-sale bidders on this beautiful Emerald and Diamond Ring. The AGL-certified 16-carat pear-shaped emerald is surrounded by round brilliant-cut diamonds in an exquisite cocktail ring design—a striking look not commonly seen for emerald stones. Offered at a starting bid of $17,000, the jaw-dropping accessory achieved $37,000.
Just in Time for Valentine's Day
There is a common misconception, that auction houses won’t have the latest trends or in-season styles—that is not the case with Fortuna. This Valentine’s Day, Fortuna gave bidders the option to surprise their loved ones with the perfect jewel to symbolize their precious bond. Whether they opted to gift her with diamond flowers instead of the average bouquet, or they preferred the classic gift of ruby jewels, Fortuna’s January Jewels & Watches auction had every piece to make your partner feel special.
We Invite You to Auction!
We are always accepting fine jewelry and watch consignments for upcoming auctions, whether it is a single item or an entire collection. The next opportunity to consign is for the March Jewels & Watches auction, which will take place March 4th. Please contact our office or fill out our web form for a complimentary auction appraisal. Our specialists look forward to helping you understand the value of your pieces.
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