Sotheby's London has brought jewellery back into their range of auctions. One year after they closed down the department, jewels are now officially back on the catalogue!. The white glove sale (collection of the Late Michael Wellby) that they conducted shortly before Christmas might have played its part in convincing the auction house of the strength of demand for collector jewels.
The brooch above is my favourite, a peacock motif from the second half on the Nineteenth Century set in silver and gold with impressive circular and rose cut diamonds. In Persian and Babylonian cultures, peacocks were regarded as symbolic guardians of royalty.