Auction: World Travelers Estate Collection of Fine Gold Jewelry | Vault@268 Orchard

Friday, Sep 01 2017 03:55 PM

(MENAFN Editorial) Southampton, PA. The sparkle of fine jewelry from the estate of world traveler and Philadelphia businesswoman Ruth London sets the tone for Stephensons much-anticipated August 18 Summer Antiques & Decorative Arts Auction. An estimated 90% of the 200 lots of jewelry offered in the sale are from the private collection, vault and safe deposit box of the late Mrs. London, of Rydal, Pa. Her discerning eye for quality and design guided a lifelong collection of luxury goods that incorporates not only exquisite 18K and 14K gold jewelry but also designer clothing and furs purchased during her many trips abroad. 

The jewelry selection includes rings, earrings, necklaces, cuff bracelets, brooches, stickpins, cufflinks, pocket watches and wristwatches. Many design periods, origins and styles are represented, from Victorian and Edwardian to retro, contemporary and Native American. 

Ruth purchased fine jewelry in every country she and her husband visited. She particularly loved opals, gold and diamonds, which will be evident to anyone previewing her collection, said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephensons Auctioneers. 

Lot 44, a substantial 18K gold lion brooch, presents a whimsical expression with enlarged cabochon ruby and diamond eyes, a ruby nose and an open mouth that secures a half-carat diamond. With a weight of 15.3 dwt, it is expected to make 1,000-2,000.


Stunning platinum drop earrings with diamonds weighing 2.35 carats (total) come with an original 1984 receipt from Gimbels department store and will be offered as Lot 31 with a 600-1,200 estimate. Leading the timepieces is Lot 76, a Rossel & Fils (Geneva) enameled gold key-wind pocket watch stamped 18K and estimated at 400-600.

Three of Ruth Londons furs will follow the fine jewelry. Two full-length Canadian lynx coats are included, one of them, Lot 226, with a label from Diane Furs. The other coat, Lot 230, whose design incorporates lynx paws, has a label from Philadelphia Main Line furrier Phil M. Stupp (now known as Stupp Furs). Each coat is estimated at 1,000-2,000. In addition, there is a full-length ranch mink coat with fox collar and cuffs from Mirrows Furs. Entered as Lot 227, it is offered with a 600-1,200 estimate. 

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