Fine Jewelry

Cowan's Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Department holds semiannual auctions that feature signed and unsigned items. The collections span from antique collectibles to modern designs with an emphasis on precious metals, gemstones and wrist watches.

Consign Now or contact Brad Wanstrath for a private jewelry box consultation at no obligation.

Department Director

Brad Wanstrath

Contact Information
Contact Brad at 513.871.1670 (ext. 217)

Brad Wanstrath brings extensive expertise to the Cowan's team, and will manage the consigning, cataloguing, and selling of fine jewelry and timepieces for Cowan's two annual fine jewelry and timepieces auctions.

Brad is a registered graduate of the Diamond Council of America and has taken a number of Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) learning courses. He began working in the jewelry industry at the retail level in October of 1979.

 In 1983, Brad joined his father's business, manufacturing fine jewelry and selling at the wholesale level until 2005. In August of 2005, he went to work for LID Ltd. out of New York City managing their Midwest territory. 

Contact Brad at 513.871.1670 (ext. 217) or e-mail him at:

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Platinum Brooch with Diamonds
Lot # 278 - Platinum Brooch with Diamonds
A platinum brooch containing approximately 7.5 carats of diamonds. The swirl and feather design contains forty-one round brilliant diamonds weighing approximately two carats total weight, sixty- three straight baguette diamonds weighing approximately 3.50 carats total weight, and seven marquise cut diamonds weighing approximately two carats total weight. The diamonds are white and eye clean.

11.8 dwt.
2" x 1.25"
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Golden Topaz Screw Back Earrings in 14 Karat
Lot # 415 - Golden Topaz Screw Back Earrings in 14 Karat
A pair of 14k yellow gold earrings with handmade settings containing two sunburst-cut 13.5mm golden topaz and featuring French-style screw backs.

5.6 dwt.
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<i>Margot De Taxco</i> Enameled Donkey and Cart Pin PLUS
Lot # 47 - Margot De Taxco Enameled Donkey and Cart Pin PLUS
A wonderful Margot De Taxco silver enameled pin depicting a donkey and man on cart with colorful enamel. Signed "Margot De Taxco" on reverse. A sterling silver bangle bracelet featuring openwork footprints. Inside signed "Talleres De Los Ballesteros." 

78.3 dwt.
2.25" x 1.5" brooch
7" inner circumference bracelet
1.25" bracelet width
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<i>Talbots, Peyote Bird</i> PLUS
Lot # 73 - Talbots, Peyote Bird PLUS
A group including a vintage garnet brooch in 10k yellow gold, a lucite mallard brooch, a vintage brass and bakelite brooch, a 17" Taxco lapis and tiger eye necklace in sterling silver, a smoky quartz faceted glass bead necklace from Talbots, a 17" faceted garnet and sterling silver necklace from Peyote Bird, a floral glass bead necklace, an amethyst briolette drop necklace on woven cord and a rutilated quartz and faceted hardstone necklace from Peyote Bird in sterling silver.
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Mystic Blue Topaz Ensemble in 14k Yellow Gold
Lot # 220 - Mystic Blue Topaz Ensemble in 14k Yellow Gold
A 14k yellow gold ensemble consisting of one size 8.5 ring containing one 8mm square mystic blue topaz flanked on either side by a 6mm trillion cut white sapphire, a pair of 6mm square mystic blue topaz earrings set in decorative box settings and an 8mm mystic blue topaz pendant suspended on an 18" 1.4mm rope chain.

8.5 dwt.
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Building Materials Advertising Paperweights
Lot # 443 - Building Materials Advertising Paperweights
A group of six advertising paperweights associated with building materials:

• Acme Brick (a terra cotta brick)

• ?? (illegible) on Sand and Gravel Company, San Antonio & Laredo (a painted metal dump truck)

• Hercules Portland Cement, Trowlite Cement for Masonry Workers (a heavy metal Hercules figure)

• Tiger Brand, White Rock Finish, The Kelly Island Lime & Transportation Co., Cleveland, Ohio (a metal tiger with a nickel finish, one front paw atop a large sack of lime)

• Lyman-Richey Sand and Gravel (a leather sack of gravel)

• Sakrete Concrete Mixes (a vinyl sack of concrete mix)

Longest lg. 4.5 in.
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<i>David Anderson</i> Bracelet and Earrings
Lot # 257 - David Anderson Bracelet and Earrings
Norwegian, David Anderson enameled sterling silver bracelet and earrings; bracelet lg. 8 in., 21.5 dwts. 
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<i>Bulova, Elgin</i> and <i>Pallas</i> Wrist Watches
Lot # 93 - Bulova, Elgin and Pallas Wrist Watches
Elgin ca 1921. Elgin movement number 23532996 with a Gemex link band. Lord Elgin 23 jewel 730 movement, 31mm case in gold filled with a stainless back and a Kreisler stretch band. A Bulova "Squadron" ca 1949 with a Speidel stretch band and a Pallas Exquisit ladies watch with a 17 jewel movement and an .835 silver case and band.
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Ladies Rolex Silver and Enamel Ball Pendant Watch
Lot # 93 - Ladies Rolex Silver and Enamel Ball Pendant Watch
Rolex silver gilt and enamel ball pendant watch. Signed Rolex, ca 1950. With nickel-finished lever movement, mono-metallic balance, white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, translucent blue enamel case on guilloche background, with finely decorated gilt accents. Hung from a bar pin enameled "TT."

24mm (.95 in.) diameter
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Gold Nugget Pendant in 14 Karat Yellow Gold
Lot # 48 - Gold Nugget Pendant in 14 Karat Yellow Gold
A bench made 14k yellow gold nugget pendant measuring 37mm x 20mm and weighing 12.123 dwt.
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Michelangelo" LE Fountain Pen">Lot # 367 - Visconti 1995 "Michelangelo" LE Fountain Pen
In the spirit of Italy's love for their revered artists, Visconti launched the first pens to commemorate them, with their creation of the "Michelangelo." Barrel and cap are fabricated from a block of beautiful, variegated green celluloid, with muted bronze flecks. The lever-activated clip is a brushed bronze with the cap band in detailed gold. This mint, limited edition, vacuum-fill pen, #25/1475, is fitted with a Visconti solid 18K yellow gold "F" nib and comes with an extra 18K "B" nib. The deluxe forest green "snake skin" boxing contains a matching green celluloid traveling "ink pot" and eyedropper, and all papers, in box, in sleeve.
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Montegrappa <i>Aphrodite</i> Limited Edition Fountain Pen
Lot # 180 - Montegrappa Aphrodite Limited Edition Fountain Pen
Montegrappa 1997 Aphrodite Limited Edition fountain pen. Number 0510 of 1912. Heavy solid silver overlay of architecture and reliefs of Venus with mother-of-pearl inlays. 18k nib, 925 silver. Made in Italy, including original packaging with Certificate of Authenticity and a shell container.
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Amber Necklaces Including a Faceted Red Amber Necklace
Lot # 129 - Amber Necklaces Including a Faceted Red Amber Necklace
Four amber necklaces. The first features sixty-three graduated faceted red amber beads that range in size from 6.5mm x 11mm to 19mm x 28mm. 32" length. The next features one hundred and eleven graduated round faceted orange amber that range in size between 7mm to 15mm. 28" length. The next features seventy-five irregularly shaped graduated orange amber with a yellow tone clasp. 21" length. The last necklace is a golden amber lavaliere featuring seventy-one 6mm round amber, eight 11mm round amber, one 8.5mm round amber and one 19m round faceted amber. 4" lavaliere drop. 25.5" length.
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Vendome & Ora Costume Jewelry Collection
Lot # 142 - Vendome & Ora Costume Jewelry Collection
A pair of Vendome ear clips and a pair of Ora ear clips; all signed pieces are stamped.
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Mourning Jewelry in 10 Karat Gold PLUS
Lot # 29 - Mourning Jewelry in 10 Karat Gold PLUS
A pair of wire back gold tone earrings featuring two 10.5mm x 7.5mm black an white oval cameos surrounded by floral and scroll accents. Gold tone brooch with fine etched details, width approximately 2''. Two pairs of mourning earrings. First pair is in 10k yellow gold with onyx in a flower design. Next pair is gold plated with onyx and seed pearls. Another pair of mourning dangle earrings in 10k with onyx. Dangle length 2.25''. Mid- to late 19th century. 

10.4 dwt. 10k
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Patek Philippe & Co.
Lot # 109 - Patek Philippe & Co. "St. George and the Dragon" Pocket Watch
Patek Philippe. A rare and unusual silver open-face keyless lever watch with center seconds. Signed Patek Philippe & Co. No. 74382.
Cal. 18 gilt-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, silver cuvette, the silvered chased dial with Roman numerals on blank cartouches, outer Arabic five minute divisions, raised scroll and foliage decorated center, pink gold Louis XV hands, sweep center seconds, the circular case with finely chased and engraved scroll and floral decorated bezel and band, the back centered by a chased and embossed scene depicting St. George and the Dragon and inscription S. Georgius Equitum Patronus in high relief; the inside with the inscription In Tempestate Securitas and a ship in full sail with the sleeping Christ and two apostles, cuvette signed by maker and numbered, dial signed PP & Co. GENEVE.

47mm diameter
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<i>Tag Heuer Aquaracer</i> Professional 500M
Lot # 63 - Tag Heuer Aquaracer Professional 500M
Tag Heuer Aquaracer 500 meter Professional diver's watch. Swiss quartz movement. Blue guilloche dial with blue unidirectional rubberized bezel. Date window at 9 o'clock. Sapphire crystal. 44mm x 14mm case with helium release valve. Screw-down crown. Diver's expansion clasp with double safety release. Analog dial with luminescent hands and markers. Orange seconds hand aids visibility.
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Elgin 15 Jewel Art Deco Tivoli Pocket Watch with Chain
Lot # 253 - Elgin 15 Jewel Art Deco Tivoli Pocket Watch with Chain
Elgin 15-ewel pocket watch ca 1927. Illinois Elgin Tivoli case. Serial number 30,514,700.  Engraved "CWB" on back. Stem wind and set. Size 12. Chain stamped Simmons. Appears all original.
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Waltham Open Face Pocket Watch Ca. 1896
Lot # 101 - Waltham Open Face Pocket Watch Ca. 1896
An American Waltham open faced pocket watch with a 25 year gold filled case ca 1896. Pendant wind and set. Waltham 16s, 17 jewel movement number 7596277. White dial with painted Arabic numerals and gold leaf accents. Louis XV hands. Counter sunk sub second dial at 6 o'clock. Monogrammed case back.
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Riker Brothers Pearl Encrusted Salamander Pin
Lot # 273 - Riker Brothers Pearl Encrusted Salamander Pin
A 14 karat yellow gold Riker Brothers salamander pin encrusted with seed pearls throughout the entire piece. Small cabochon rubies make up the eyes of the salamander with a  3mm demantoid garnet set in the crown of his head. A chatelaine hook allows the wearer to suspend a watch or pendant from the back of the piece which is engraved "Adele Keister, April 15th. 1900."

8.4 dwt.
1.875 in. length
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