26/01/2022 Jewellery & Gems
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re given the perfect opportunity to gift those we love with something special; something with nuance, meaning, and a certain intangible quality.
The romantic ideal of fine jewellery is not lost in us at O’Reilly’s, It might be the sentiment that a diamond is forever, or that true love is rare (as are precious gems), or the infinite characteristic of a ring, bracelet or necklace. Our craft is centred around meaning and the extraordinary; all qualities that are also synonymous with the notion of love, giving and receiving. As a leading jewellery Auction House we continue to play a part in romantic, love-filled exchanges the world over.
And What better way to express romance than with a heart shaped piece of jewellery? The use of the heart shape to represent love was first reported as early as the Middle Ages and gained popularity in the 15th and 16th centuries, subsequently it became widely used in jewellery throughout the Georgian, Victorian and 20th Century and right up to the present day.
If you want to make a statement this Valentine’s with a love heart our picks from this sale are as follows:
Lot 385: An Art Nouveau silver and turquoise heart shaped pendant €40 – 60
Lot 303: A heart shaped diamond set pendant, in 18ct gold €200 – 300
Lot 126: A gold stylised heart pendant, set with a ruby €140 – 240
Lot 20: A Victorian heart shaped sovereign holder / pendant in 9ct gold €250 - 350
Lot 457: A pair of pave set diamond heart shaped earrings, in 18ct gold €1900 – 2500
Lot 414: A pair of 18ct gold and amethyst heart shaped earrings by Van Cleef Arpels €2000 – 2500
Lot 141: A very pretty ruby and diamond heart shaped cluster ring, in 18ct gold €3400 - 3800