Sneak Peek: 6 Major Jewels Headed to the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show



Earlier this summer, I pointed out three very good reasons for jewelry lovers to visit Baltimore, chief among them the upcoming Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center, it opens Aug. 29 and runs through Sept. 1.

When I learned that M.S. Rau Antiques would be at the show, I was eager to learn what pieces the New Orleans–based dealer would be bringing and was treated to a sneak peek of the stash. It’s headlined without question by the jaw-dropping Oscar Heyman sapphire-and-diamond necklace pictured at top (see details at the bottom of this post—including its high-six-figure price).

Collectors and dealers who are motivated by provenance will be enchanted by an Ebel watch with a connection to Elvis Presley (pictured below). The King enjoyed a close friendship with the American gospel singer J.D. Sumner, who received the timepiece from Presley as a gift in 1974. Sumner served as a mentor to Presley early in his career, and later, in the early 1970s, he and his quartet were hired as Presley’s backup singers. They toured with him until his death in 1977. Sumner sang at the funeral.

MS Rau Elvis Presley Gold and Diamond Watch
Circa 1974 14k gold wristwatch with 26 round diamonds and bracelet with personal engraving (“From Elvis to J.D. Sumner, 1974”), $498,000; Ebel

See more M.S. Rau glamazons below, starting with this cocktail ring set with three exceptional examples of the most coveted colored diamond varieties in the world.

MS Rau multicolor diamond cocktail ring
Cocktail ring featuring 0.36 ct. fancy intense pink diamond, 0.26 ct. fancy intense orange-yellow diamond, and 0.24 ct. fancy intense green-blue diamond with 4.77 cts. t.w. pear-shape diamonds and additional pink, yellow, and white diamond accents in platinum, $198,599
MS Rau greenish yellow diamond flower ring
Ring with 1.5 ct. grayish-greenish yellow diamond center stone, 0.52 t.w. white diamonds, and 0.52 cts. t.w. pink diamonds in 18k white and rose gold, $68,500
MS Rau gemstone earrings
Earrings with 30.24 cts. t.w. purple, yellow, pink, and blue sapphires and 1.62 cts. t.w. oval and marquise diamonds in platinum and 18k yellow gold, $169,500
MS Rau multicolor tourmaline earrings
One-of-a kind earrings with 16.53 cts. t.w. green and pink tourmaline in 18k white gold, price on request  

 

Top: Headed to the #baltshow and ready to break some hearts: This outstanding necklace with 111.16 cts. t.w. yellow, orange, violet, green, blue, and pale pink sapphires and 27.5 cts. t.w. diamond florets in 18k yellow gold and platinum by Oscar Heyman. It’s $728,500 and available at M.S. Rau, who will be exhibiting Aug. 29-Sept. 1. (Here’s a video showing this remarkable piece in action.)

 

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