Antique & Estate Jewelry

The Most Playful Jewels in Hindman’s Palm Beach Sale


Fine jewelry isn’t always so serious. Chicago-based Hindman auction house is hosting its annual Palm Beach Jewelry sale on Feb. 23 that proves just that. Of course, there are the usual suspects—designs from premier houses such as David Webb, Tiffany & Co., Seaman Schepps, and more—but the sale also includes plenty of lighthearted bits and baubles.

Among them are Milanese jeweler Vhernier’s balloon ear clips (below) with pear-shaped cabochon rock crystal layered with rhodochrosite for an almost confectionery effect. The earrings, with an estimate of $1,000–$2,000, launched the brand’s Palloncino line in 1995, a collection that has become a favorite today.

Another unexpected highlight of Hindman’s sale is a retro (but likely Victorian-inspired) crescent brooch set with moonstone that features two little figures with ruby heads sitting on the inner curve of the moon. It’s a spirited and sweet take on a traditional design.

Other pieces include an embellished yellow gold fish brooch with yellow sapphires and exaggerated diamond eyes; a parrot brooch covered in calibre-cut colored stones; and a Vhernier goose pendant of carved rock crystal over mother-of-pearl. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most playful pieces (in true Palm Beach fashion) in the sale.

Hindman Vhernier earrings
Vhernier balloon ear clips in yellow gold with pear-shaped cabochon rock crystal, layered rhodochrosite, and round brilliant-cut diamonds, estimate $1,000–$2,000
Hindman parrot brooch
Parrot brooch in yellow gold with onyx, approximately 4 cts. t.w. round brilliant-cut diamonds, a round cabochon ruby, round cabochon emeralds, calibre-cut yellow sapphires, calibre-cut sapphires, calibre-cut rubies, calibre-cut tsavorite garnets, and black enamel, estimate $5,000–$7,000
Hindman fish ring
Ring in brush rose gold with an oval cabochon rose quartz and round brilliant-cut colored diamonds, estimate $1,500–$2,500
Hindman fish brooch
Fish brooch (also pictured at top) in yellow gold with round mixed-cut yellow sapphires and round brilliant-cut diamonds, estimate $1,200–$1,800
Vhernier goose brooch
Vhernier goose brooch in carved rock crystal over mother-of-pearl and 0.75 ct. t.w. round brilliant-cut diamonds, estimate $1,000–$2,000
Hindman crescent brooch
Crescent brooch in 14k tricolor gold with ruby beads and round cabochon moonstones, estimate $800–$1,200

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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