I felt the wonderfully quirky insect jewelry in the upcoming Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels December 2010 auction event need a feature of their own.
After spending some time staring at the diamonds, I moved on to the less news-worthy five-digit price range items. The first pair of brooches I noticed where the fly and butterfly pair. The gold, colored stone and diamond butterfly circa 1840 and the gold, baroque pearl, colored stone and diamond fly brooch from the 19th century are estimated to sell at about $12,000 and $9,000 respectively.
In the vicinity there were also the jewels from another auction taking place on December 9th – Jewels from the Estate of William B. Dietrich Sold to Benefit the William B. Dietrich Foundation. Among them I saw the dragonfly and the butterfly. Both made of gold, enamel and diamonds circa 1900 set to sell for about $15,000 each.