Jewellery, Watches, Antiquities and Objects of Vertu (15 September 2020)

Date of Auction: 15th September 2020


Estimate: £4,000 - £4,200

An 18ct white gold untreated ruby and diamond cluster ring, by David Jerome, the central oval mixed-cut ruby, weighing 1.53 carats, in four claw setting, within a tiered target setting of three concentric rows of single-cut diamonds, between bifurcated diamond set shoulders, hallmarked for 18ct white gold, bearing maker’s mark ‘DJM’ for David Jerome and stamped ‘18ct gold (750)’, ring size N (leading edge), accompanied by an IGI Coloured Stone Report. £4,000-£4,200


The International Gemological Institute Coloured Stone Report, no. S2H656671, dated Mumbai, 18th February 2011 confirms the measurements of the ruby as 8.21 x 7.50 x 2.76mm; weight 1.53 carats; colour and transparency - pink red; characteristics - natural inclusion pattern, no indication of treatments have been found; suggested origin Africa.


Originally from London’s East End, David Jerome’s early career was in the hairdressing business, and by the 1980s, his love of colour was already becoming evident, with his famous ‘Jerome Russell Hair Colour’, which took the decade of the ‘80s by storm. Colour was to become his passion with a chance discovery of a box of loose gemstones amongst his late father’s possessions proving to be a turning point in the course of his career. This encounter was the beginning of a passionate hobby that has taken David all over the world, where he has personally sourced gem crystals from mines in Burma, India, Sri Lanka, Colombia, and across Africa. His extensive travels and adoration for gemstones has resulted in a private collection of jewellery that has been over 30 years in the making, a selection of which we are pleased to offer for sale at DNW. Please see lots 138, 148, 155 and 161.