Find jewellery to ‘ADORE’ at auction

Victorians would plant messages in their jewellery, organising the stones in ring to spell words. For example, taking the first letter of amethyst, diamond, opal, ruby and emerald spells ‘adore’, so the precious stones would be set in that order.

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There are plenty of diamonds to be found in the sale – most items at least have smaller diamonds around the feature stones. This set of diamond snake in an s-shape around a ring which has a 9ct gold band and is size N. Bids start at £40. View the catalogue entry here.

Newcastle auction house’s timed online jewellery sale features a range of items with different stones, so why not set yourself on one of each? Or at least on of your favourites. All lots start at easily affordable prices and the sale ends May 23.

Amethyst

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Start with this ring, set with and amethyst and diamonds. The 9ct gold shank is size P, and the ring has a starting bid of £30. View the catalogue entry here.

Diamond

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There are plenty of diamonds to be found in the sale – most items at least have smaller diamonds around the feature stones. This set of diamond snake in an s-shape around a ring which has a 9ct gold band and is size N. Bids start at £40. View the catalogue entry here.

Opal

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There’s plenty more in the auction beyond rings. Take, for example, this dragonfly pattern pendant, which is set with opals in a yellow metal mount. Bids start at £30. View the catalogue entry here.

Ruby

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The most romantic of the stones, rubies come in many shades, and this dark red example is particularly satisfying. The ring, size P, is 9ct and also set with diamonds and has a starting bid of £30. View the catalogue entry here.

Emerald

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Finally, the emerald. This 9ct pendant is shaped like a basket of flowers and is set with emeralds and seed pears. Bidding starts at £20. View the catalogue entry here.

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