Stray Jewels: Jewels with the James Bond seal of approval
Last updated Oct 1, 2021

Stray Jewels is a monthly column written by BBC Antiques Roadshow jewellery specialist, Susan Rumfitt. Susan started her career working for Christie’s auctioneers in Glasgow before establishing her own jewellery department, The Gallery in Harrogate. In 2006, she joined the Antiques Roadshow and has since built up an extensive knowledge of and passion for fine jewellery. This week Susan takes a closer look at the jewels with a link to various Bond films. 

The jewellery scene is really great at the moment. Jewellery specialists in shops, auction houses and antiques fairs across our county are getting into pre-Christmas swing and of course, the new series of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow is now being aired, which helps to fuel excitement.

There are lots of lovely jewels to share with you on a monthly basis and inspire you to browse our local shops, fairs and auction houses for inspiration.

What we all need when buying jewellery is a bit of luck. I adored the clover brooch, lot 1444, that sold for £400 (plus buyers premium), on the 17th September at Elstob & Elstob Auctioneers. It wasn’t the most expensive item in the sale, but it was absolutely my favourite.

By the time this article is published many of you will have seen the new Bond Film ‘No Time To Die’ and witnessed the magnificent jewels that are featured in the film. Having viewed the Elstob & Elstob Jewellery sale there are a number of jewels that can find an association (and I know, a rather tenuous association), with previous Bond Films! Never the less they are, for me, the other picks of the sale.

Make sure you read to the end of the article as you could seriously have a piece of jewellery, by a brand that did supply to a number of Bond films. The firm David Morris, adorned a number of leading ladies in various Bond Movies…but I think you might need to be quick to snap up this particular lot – so read on!

Lots 1521 and 1524 were two moonstone and diamond rings

I love moonstones and you guessed it, the tenuous link is “Moonraker” (1979). Lots 1521 and 1524 in the sale were two gorgeous moonstone and diamond rings both sold for £1,000. Moonstones are magical and romantic and are the gemstone representing the 3rd wedding anniversary. The ancient Romans and Greeks associated moonstones with their lunar deities and the Romans believed that moonstone were solidified rays of the moon. Moonstones have a beautiful luminescence and it isn’t surprising that they are associated with inspiring passion, creativity and most importantly bringing good fortune.

Passion and creativity are definitely seen in the works of Fabergé the Russian master of jewellery. There is an exhibition of Fabergé opening at the Victorian & Albert Museum, London, in November this year.

In the Bond film ‘Octopussy’ (1983), a ‘ Fabergé egg’ (obviously not an original), was featured, (“lot 48”, in the film’s auction – “an enamelled egg with blue sapphires”).

In Elstob’s sale a Russian enamelled egg, lot 1107, sold for £110, against an estimate of £100-150. It was a miniature egg and it was Russian…how lovely!

A Russian enamelled egg

But obviously it is not just auctions and our fabulous Yorkshire regional antique shops, galleries and markets that get us excited about jewels… films do too.

When it comes to jewels and fashion, James Bond and his leading ladies really epitomise glamour and ultimate style. At the Premiere, The Duchess of Cambridge shone in a stunning dress by Jenny Packham and a pair of earrings by O’nitaa. Other brands were showcased, fabulous jewels by Chopard, Tiffany, Ana Khouri, Sean Leane, Ara Vartanian and Jessica McCormack – what a sparkling display.

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At Elstob & Elstob’s on line sale (ends 3rd October at 6pm), you still have the chance to have a taste of that James Bond glamour style. Lot 1559, estimated at £1,000-1500, is a diamond ring by David Morris, an exceptional contemporary jeweller. David Morris supplied jewels for numerous Bond films, including ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, ‘The World is Not Enough’ and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’.

Still unsure what jewels to buy? Slight hint…’Diamonds are Forever’ (1971). Happy jewellery hunting.

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