Jackie Collins’ jewellery on sale at Chiswick Auctions

Images above: Jackie Collins’ jewellery L to R Blue topaz dress ring; Diamond pendant necklace with dyed green quartz carved bust of Budha; Pair of lavender jade and diamond earstuds

From her personal collection

Jewellery from the private collection of Jackie Collins (1937-2015) comes up for sale at Chiswick Auctions on Tuesday 6 December. Most of the ten pieces for sale were bought by her in later life, while she was living in California.

Unlike some of her famous showstopper pieces, these jewels were part of the author’s everyday style: less ostentatious diamond necklaces and earrings that would complement every outfit in her wardrobe.

As estimates range from £200-900, they are potentially more obtainable than the jewels of most Hollywood celebrities. Highlights include a blue topaz dress ring (estimate £200-300) and a diamond pendant necklace set with a carved bust of Buddha (estimate £700-900).

Head of Jewellery Department Sarah Duncan commented:

“The world Jackie Collins wrote about in books such as The World is Full of Married Men or The Stud was all about glamour and exclusivity and these jewels allow her fans to take home some of her own personal glamour.

“We’re thrilled to be offering this collection of the late Jackie Collins’ jewellery as it represents what we strive for here at Chiswick Auctions, making fine jewellery accessible and celebrated for all.”

Jackie Collins’ jewellery forms part of a wider 180-lot offering of antique and vintage jewellery that is perfect for Christmas shopping. It includes pieces by iconic brands including Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Mikimoto and Van Cleef & Arpels alongside antique classics such as diamond encrusted Victorian jewels.

And for those looking for serious carat weight, the auction includes a 5.59 carat square-cut diamond ring with a laboratory report from EGL (estimate £18,000-20,000) and a 4.01 carat brilliant-cut diamond ring with a laboratory report from the GIA in New York (estimate £20,000-30,000).

Diamond Birkin – a bag owned by some of the most glamorous women in the world

One of the rarest and most coveted of all Hermes handbags comes for auction in London this month. The Diamond Birkin is spoken of in hushed tones by handbag aficionados. The ‘sister’ bag to the Hermes Himalaya (the world’s most expensive handbag) it is made from farmed saltwater crocodile skin and adorned with hardware made of 18k white gold encrusted with diamonds.

These bags have been made in a series of different Birkin sizes (from 25 to 40cm) and in a range of colours. The bag that comes for sale at Chiswick Auctions as part of their sale of Designer Handbags and Fashion on December 6-7 is in Shiny Black and size 35cm.

Made in 2008, it includes padlock, keys, clochette, rain jacket, dustbag and box and is condition graded B. A true collector’s item – a bag owned by some of the most glamorous women in the world – it has a guide of £65,000 – £85,000.

With very few being produced, the Diamond Birkin is extremely rare and -like many Hermes Birkin bags – subject to a waiting list. Buying a vintage or ‘pre-loved’ piece from a reputable auction house, one that deals with Hermès pieces on a regular basis, is one way to secure the rarest models.


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