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Freeman's Launches Biannual Jewelry & Watches Auction on October 20th

By Ashley Wu | August 12, 2020 |

The prestigious auction house Freeman’s curates rare jewelry and watches for an upcoming auction.


Cartier London diamond and platinum bracelet sold for $53,125 and a diamond solitaire sold for $75,000

The oldest auction house in America, Freeman’s in Philadelphia has been a constant source of the most illustrious fine art, antiques and jewelry for 215 years. Virginia Salem, VP and Head of Jewelry & Watches is heralding in an exciting event at Freeman’s on October 20th: the biannual Jewelry & Watches Auction. Featuring private collections of signed jewelry and consignments from world-class designers such as Cartier, Tiffany, Bulgari, David Webb, and Van Cleef & Arpels, the auction marks the culmination of year-round efforts to curate the rarest, most striking jewelry available.


Virginia Salem attests to their rigorous curatorial method through her past experiences working for Freeman’s. “I once came across an original Cartier Paris design from 1920 and was able to appreciate the workmanship, the subtle design, the play of materials together—coral and black onyx, mixed with small diamonds—to create a dramatic Art Deco bracelet that can never be reproduced, the ultimate rare object,” says Salem. The pieces on show transcend mere accessory and enter the realm of art with their intricate detailing and value. At Freeman’s, Salem collaborated with a myriad of high-profile clients to ensure that they have access to rare pieces that don’t merely please aesthetically, but also infuse a rich history for the clients.

Salem iterates that “helping clients understand the value of their fine jewelry and working with private individuals who are looking to use the auction route to find their jewels and watches a new home” is the ethos behind Freeman’s. From Victorian garnet and gold parure to modern pieces by some of the most notable names in jewelry, the auction is bound to have objet d’arts that appeal to even the most discerning consumer.


David Webb white enamel, eighteen karat gold, diamond and colored gemstone bracelet sold for $37,500

With a focus on one-to-one client service, Freeman’s specialists assist clients on the holistic process of gathering fine watches and jewelry, from evaluation to sale. Free auction estimates by experts in the field can be done completely online. For complimentary appraisals, visit their website at


Photography by: Courtesy of Brand