Object of Desire: Best of the Lot

Skinner auction house matches collectors with sought-after fine jewelry.

Photograph by Toan Trinh

If Grandma didn’t bequeath you her jewelry box, fear not. For more than 40 years, the Skinner auction house has matched collectors with sought-after art, furniture, and fine jewelry—such as these six-carat diamond earrings dating to the late 19th century, set to go on the block this spring. Auctions are held more than 60 times a year, and those curious about raising a paddle can preview auction items at Skinner’s Back Bay gallery. “We really pride ourselves on bringing merchandise to the market that you’re just not going to find anywhere else,” says John Colasacco, a fine-jewelry specialist at Skinner. “A lot of people come to us for that reason; they’ll take a chance and make sure that a beloved bracelet goes to someone who will also love it.”

Six-carat diamond earrings, starting bid between $3,000 and $5,000 at Skinner.