Bling galore and stunning gifts in final jewellery auctions of the season

Rare books and fine furniture also on offer in auctions countrywide

Forthcoming auctions

Hegarty Antiques and Fine Art, Parnell Business Park, Bandon, Co Cork.  Sunday, December 9th, 3pm. Pre-Christmas auction, to include the Morrogh estate of Crosshaven, Co Cork: 350 lots of furniture, jewellery, fine art and collectibles. Lot 27, rare pair of kingwood, walnut and marquetry side tables with ormolu mounts and gallery, date c.1900, €2,000-€4,000. Lot 7, white gold three-stone ring with a central sapphire of 3.50ct flanked by an emerald and surrounded by diamonds, €6,000-€7,000. Lot 3, emerald and diamond art deco-style navette ring, €4,000-€6,000. See

Usher's Auction Rooms, John Street, Kells, Co Meath. Monday, December 10th, 5pm. To include complete house clearances from Ravensdale, Co Louth and Skerries, Co Dublin; more than 600 lots including furniture, silver, jewellery and fine art. See

John Weldon Auctioneers, Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8.  
Fine Jewellery & Silver, Tuesday December 11th, 2pm. Pieces to suit every price range, but the stars of the show are likely to be a top-drawer diamond solitaire ring with GIA certificate, D colour and SI1 clarity (€30,000-€35,000) and a diamond single-stone ring set with diamond shoulders (€10,000-€13,000).  A pair of antique sapphire and diamond cluster earrings in a prettily-aged fitted box from Paris, €4,500-€5,500; a diamond line bracelet set in 18ct gold, €500-€700. A boxed set of 22ct gold sovereign proof coins from 1983, with a total weight of 27.96 grams, €1,150-€1,350; eight full sovereigns and 10 half sovereigns, with estimates ranging from €100 to €800. See

Purcell Auctioneers, Green Street, Birr, Co Offaly. Specialist Book Sale, Wednesday, December 12th, noon. Featuring the library of the late Irish scholar Tomás ó Con Cheanainn, who held the chair of classical Irish at University College, Dublin and was a distinguished editor of the Irish studies journal Éigse. Highlights include: Leabhar Breac: The Great Book of Dún Doighre, in Irish and Latin, Dublin 1876, (€500-€700);  The Yellow Book of Lecan by Robert Atkinson, Dublin, 1896 (€600-€800) and the Codex Lindisfarnesis, The Book of Lindisfarne, 1956-59, two-volume limited edition bound in vellum and half vellum (€1,800-€2,000). See

O'Reilly's Fine Art, 126 Francis Street, Dublin 8. Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver. Wednesday, December 12th, 1pm. Featuring a glittering array of diamond jewellery as well as pieces by some of the biggest names in the business – Tiffany, Cartier, Rolex – but for a stunningly beautiful blue Christmas, sapphires are a sure-fire bet, and they're not all as expensive as you might think. Lot 5, Edwardian sapphire and diamond floral pendant, €2,000-€2,400. Lot 322, early Victorian heart-shaped brooch in blue and white enamel, set with rose-cut diamonds, €900-€1,100. Lot 76, antique sapphire and diamond bangle, €800-€1,200. Lot 4, sapphire and diamond bow motif bar brooch, €200-€250. See

Arminta Wallace

Arminta Wallace

Arminta Wallace is a former Irish Times journalist