Ruby-diamond ring is ‘seasonally’ decorative

WE are into December and the auction houses are far from immune to the allure of the season.

A brace of jewellery sales in Dublin, next week, offer a huge range of decorative items from which to choose. If you happen to possess a healthy portfolio — or an airline — you might be interested in a bauble, otherwise masquerading as lot number 42, at James Adam’s sale of fine jewellery and watches, next Tuesday (Dec 10), at 6pm.

An attractive ruby and diamond ring, it is estimated at €35,000-€45,000. The Burmese natural rubies are untreated. Many items in this sale of 250 lots are estimated at under €1,000, however.

And at Francis Street, in Dublin, O’Reilly’s will hold their regular monthly sale, next Wednesday (Dec 11), at 1pm.

There, too, you will find a wide selection of diamond rings, bracelets; earrings; brooches and watches, in classical Art Deco and contemporary settings. Happy hunting.

Meanwhile, The Dolmens of Ireland, maps, charts, poems by Patrick Kavanagh and Seamus Heaney, genealogy; history; a first English edition of Ulysses, by James Joyce; photographs; drawings and broadsides are among the items of interest at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneer’s rare-book sale in Dublin, next Tuesday.

The 900-lot auction features signed limited-editions, travel books from the 1600s and 1700s, and much to interest collectors.

Whoroscope by Samuel Beckett is a real rarity. It was written when he was just out of Trinity and only 100 copies were signed by the author.

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, formerly Mealy’s Rare Books, is a newly established company based in Castlecomer. The venue is the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge and viewing is from tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday with the sale on Tues at 10.15 am.


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