Wednesday 28 September 2016

Surge in value for precious jewels linked to big names

Published 20/09/2015 | 02:30

A vintage sapphire and diamond bracelet fashioned in 1925 by high society jeweller Raymond Yard of New York — whose jewels were popular with the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Woolworth families — will go for sale at the 50th Antiques Dealer Fair in the RDS this Friday. It is valued at €57,000.
A vintage sapphire and diamond bracelet fashioned in 1925 by high society jeweller Raymond Yard of New York — whose jewels were popular with the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Woolworth families — will go for sale at the 50th Antiques Dealer Fair in the RDS this Friday. It is valued at €57,000.

Over €70m worth of antiques will be on show and up for sale at the 50th Antique Dealers Fair which opens in the RDS on Friday.

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Silver, gold and diamonds that can be attributed to named people are expected to sell well.

"These are index-linked items that come with a guarantee of authenticity and provide a level of protection to people because they can see the value of the item written down in front of them," said antiques expert Niall Mullen.

Over 15,000 people are expected to visit the fair, the second oldest of its kind in the world, between September 25 and 27.

It was founded 50 years ago by entrepreneur and impresario Louis O'Sullivan at a time when most antiques were being exported from the country.

Many famous names have passed through its doors since then, among them Mick Jagger, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Mullen predicts a bumper year for the fair as the market moves from the wardrobe itself to what can be found on top of it.

"And of course it's hugely important to Ireland's antique dealers who do a huge amount of inter-trading and swapping. I call it our 'Christmas week'."

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