Monday, November 23, 2009

The Eyes of the Tiger

Thank goodness my online shopping is limited to smaller ticket items, because if I could, I would be biding on some of these intricate pieces from the Dupuis Fine Jewelery Auction. Imagine the rush of winning one of these treasures, and the look of surprise I might find on my hubby's face!

Before I go and swoon all over these, I want to give a shout-out to my friend Deanne over at Dream Sequins. She invited me, along with her many stylish blogger friends, to be a guest of her tea party. See what I wore and what others have to say in her post here.

Now on with the swooning: I nearly gasped when I saw this on the cover of the auction book. What's not to love about an 18K golden tiger bangle with emerald eyes? Yellow diamonds and black onyx completed his coat. Very fierce and sold for a some chump change, $160K worth of change.

Above: Coloured Diamond and Onyx Bangle Bracelet by Cartier.

If I could have bidded, it would have been this archaeological revival necklace of gold and lapis lazuli. It's dated circa 1880. Sold for $4000.
I don't have my ears pierced (I can't) but the below pair of coral and diamond earrings would be my choice if I did. Since you can't (and shouldn't) buy coral for obvious reasons, it makes the vintage pair below quite a find.

I have a soft spot for emeralds being Taurus and all (my birthstone), and this late 19th century Belle Époque brooch would satisfy any girl's emerald fix. That gem is over FIVE carats, mounted in platinum and 18K gold. A diamond floral design surrounds this green gem, and the pin sold for a cool 65K.
My last pick is not only beautiful but functional. A very practical art deco emerald and diamond wristwatch, circa 1920. Sale price not listed.
What are your favourite gemstones and jewelry pieces? If you could, what kind of pieces would you buy or bid on?


Raul (hummingbird604) said...

I *love* jewelry. It's bad that I do, but I totally do.

A nice ring would totally do it for me.

Teresa said...

I learned it's best to buy anything with an animal design to it and its part of the zodiac, to check ensure it complements your Chinese sign.

Like I was born year of the Sheep, so I would want to get something related to horse and rabbit. On the other hand, tiger is bad for my luck. So unfortunately I wouldn't be able to buy that awesome beautiful bracelet.

The Haute-Shopper said...

Ooooh, these are divine! Although I'd almost be too scared to wear something that precious. You never know if a crazy person out there will chop off your arm to get a piece of that bling. The tiger bangle is beautiful, but I'm eyeing those emeralds as well... for the same reason you are. Yay Taurus! ;-)

Niki B. said...

the tiger. is. amazing.
I also love the dress you wore to the virtual tea party - very cute! and perfect for the occasion :)

Erin said...

omg. all those pieces are incredible. i couldn't even imagine owning one. i'd be so scared to wear it.


Gorgeous jewelery!!!

sD said...

LOL - I totally know what you're looking at - I sign up for their mail out and you can get some great deals. Dupuis - love them, with relatives in Toronto, I hope to time a visit with an auction one of these days! ;) Classic pearls, 'used' engagement rings, modest diamond earrings and watches, these things tend to be popular, so the prices can be higher, but still good value, but the other items, I think they;re a steal! I just need to save up - we just bought a painting!

Melissa said...

I LOVE that watch. So delicate.

If I could buy any piece(s) of jewellary it'd be one of these