Antique & Estate Jewelry / Gold

Inside the Private Collection of Victoria, Lady de Rothschild


More often than not, the tastemakers of the world aren’t settling for anything less than extraordinary—especially when it comes to their jewelry collection. That’s certainly the case for Victoria, Lady de Rothschild: A style icon, champion of the arts, and philanthropist, she acquired a collection of jewelry that’s equally as full of wonder and eclectic as she was throughout her lifetime. And today through March 9, part of her jewelry collection is available through Dreweatts Fine Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Luxury Accessories, alongside her other personal silver and tableware. 

“The jewelry collection is quite significant, as it was put together by Victoria, Lady de Rothschild, in the early 2000s,” James Nicholson, deputy chairman and international head of jewelry, silver and watches at Dreweatts, tells JCK. “Victoria’s taste was not for ‘high’ jewelry brands or big, important stones, but rather for supporting up-and-coming designers who were making highly individual, but extremely chic modernist jewels. This tied in with her interest in modern silversmiths, potters, and ceramicists, whose works also form part of the Dreweatts sale, and who were at the forefront of 21st-century design and craftsmanship.”

The Dreweatts auction includes one-of-a-kind pieces made in an Italian studio by the British designer Jacqueline Ryan, several pieces by the late American-Polish-Ukrainian designer Irena Borzena Ustjanowski (IBU), and many other pieces by British and European jewelry designers. “Although few pieces from these designers have appeared on the auction market,” says Nicholson, “they will definitely be names to watch as collectors become much more aware of their work and cutting-edge designs.” Below are a few highlights from the selection.

Boucheron serpent ring
Boucheron Serpent ring with circular-cut rubies, pink sapphires, cabochon emeralds, and a circular-cut black diamond; estimate £2,000–£3,000 ($2,600–$3,900)

With an intricately twisted serpent design, this signed Boucheron ring is a perfect example of the Parisian jeweler’s attention to detail—work that’s made it a coveted name today.


Jacqueline Ryan necklace
Jacqueline Ryan necklace in gold with lapis lazuli; estimate £1,500–£2,000 ($2,000–$2,600)

A designer who looks to nature for inspiration, Jacqueline Ryan opted for organic, petallike forms in this gold necklace with hints of lapis lazuli placed throughout. It’s delicate but a statement piece, nonetheless.

Taher Chemirk necklace
Taher Chemirk necklace (also shown at top) with azurite crystal, brilliant-cut diamonds, carnelian agate, banded agate, and malachite hoop; estimate £700–£1,000 ($900–$1,300)

Looking like something from out of this world, Taher Chemirk’s crystal, agate, and diamond necklace was made for the bold wearer—just like Victoria, Lady de Rothschild.

(Photos courtesy of Dreweatts)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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