Signed Pieces at O’Reillys
At a jewellery auction, the term ‘signed’ describes a designer piece, often from one of the big jewellery designers like Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Chopard, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels – and they are just some of the names that regularly appear at O’Reilly’s auctions. Signed pieces are much sought-after, for a variety of reasons. Primarily, the brand behind the piece stands for quality – and so without the need for a written diamond report or even a chat with the auctioneer, a client can trust the quality of stones and craftsmanship in whatever piece they are looking at. The second big reason for demand is value. Many signed pieces are from collections still available in the shops – so making a price comparison (and establishing the good value had by buying that same piece at auction) is very easy. This month at O’Reilly’s, we have many such examples.
A Tiffany & Co. diamond cross, with a total weight of about half a carat has an estimate of €600-€900 at O’Reilly’s. In their store, the same pendant starts at approximately €2600
A pair of Cartier diamond stud earrings with a total carat weight of about half a carat have an estimate of €800 – €1200. In their store they retail from about €2900.
A Tiffany diamond solitaire ring, 1.71 ct, classic Tiffany setting with diamond band €16,500 – 18,000. In store rings of this calibre start at €32,000
A Cartier diamond bracelet, ball link, mounted in 18ct white gold €4000 – 5000, a fraction of retail price
Many of the signed pieces come complete with original boxes and papers, and whether they come with originally packaging or not, the team at ‘Reilly’s ensure the authenticity of each item before it is entered into the auction.