Austro-Hungarian necklace raises funds for Alzheimer’s Society

An Austro-Hungarian necklace has been sold at Fellows Auctioneers for £900 on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society.

The late 19th Century neo-Renaissance enamel and gem-set necklace “soared” above its initial £600 to £800 estimate and received over 30 bids in Fellows’ Jewellery Sale. 

It featured as Lot 29 in the sale, which ended on Thursday 20th August.

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The piece was first unearthed in a bag of what was presumed to be costume jewellery, before it was noticed by a jewellery specialist. 

The gems in the featured piece include garnets, emeralds, and cultured pearls, and the piece features a seed pearl swag detail.

The item was sold in an overall good condition, containing various enamel panels that have been touched up with soldered stones.

Fellows frequently auction pieces to raise money for charitable causes, such as the Costume Jewellery timed auctions that generate funds for charities such as Heart Research UK and St Michael’s Hospice. 

Items currently featured on the Fellows website which are being sold on behalf of charity can be seen marked by a charity logo, which is an image of two hands open.

Lindsay Beardmore, jewellery specialist and catalogue manager at Fellows Auctioneers, said: “It was a pleasure to receive so much interest in this necklace early in our Jewellery Sale which raised £900 for the Alzheimer’s Society. 

“This was a beautiful multi-coloured necklace which we knew would generate interest, but to achieve 32 bids was great. I am sure we can and will sell many more items like this for great charitable causes in the future.”

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