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Diamond’s Are Everyone’s Best Friend

While some may think that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, the truth is that they are valued and coveted by everyone. Diamonds are more than just a stone, they are a symbol of love and a rare creation gifted to humanity from the depths of the earth. This makes them wildly valuable to many people all around the world and there have been entire industries built around the retrieval and sharing of these precious concentrated crystalline creations of carbon. They are the hardest naturally formed substance known to humanity and there is a rich history of desire behind every single diamond.

Granat Bros. Diamond, Platinum Ring

Granat Bros. Diamond, Platinum Ring, Sold for $16,520 at Michaan’s Auctions

Stunning Beauty Contained Within A Stone

At the most basic level of appreciation, diamonds are simply stunning. They are a masterful natural creation that requires an immense force and billions of years to create. Although people have attempted to replicate this process, it is impossible to truly capture the majesty and beauty of a naturally formed diamond. There is nothing else like a diamond that has ever been discovered on the planet and this gives it a value that can never be accurately evaluated. People can compare one diamond to the next, but attempting to compare a diamond to anything else will never accurately describe the beauty contained within one.

A Symbol Of Love

Part of what has made diamonds so meaningful and valuable is that they are a symbol of love. Just as love is rare and precious, so is a diamond. If there was ever anything that a diamond could be compared with, it is the feeling that we attribute to love. People will spend thousands of dollars at art auctions to get a diamond that acts a gesture of their love for someone special. However, neither the diamond that they give nor the love that they feel is accurately valued. Both are immeasurable beyond any comparison and each is unique unto itself. That being said, the gift of a diamond is the closest a person can come to measuring the intangible qualities of love.

Diamond, Platinum Wedding Ring Set

Diamond, Platinum Wedding Ring Set, Sold for $21,240 at Michaan’s Auctions

Value Shared Across The World

No matter the location, a diamond is always valuable. Currencies rise and fall in value, objects rise and fall in desire, but a diamond is always valuable due to its inherent rarity and the intensive processes that go into creating one. There are no two diamonds that are exactly alike, so each one is a rare gift that can be appreciated by anyone. A person can take a diamond to art auctions anywhere in the world and they will receive a price that reflects the beauty and rarity of each one. No one can ever say that a diamond is not valuable because there really is nothing else like one.





An Exceptional Opportunity March 7, 2016: The Naomi Lindstrom Collection – Rare Worldwide Beads & Multicultural Art Auction

Michaan’s Auctions is proud to present a most singular offering on Monday, March 7, 2016, at 10 am: an auction of the prized worldwide bead and extensive art collection of Ms. Naomi Lindstrom. Collectors and lovers of extraordinary beauty will be awestruck at these objects that are steeped in cultural and historical significance.

The World’s Most Significant Bead Collection

Selling in over 290 lots, Ms. Lindstrom’s rare beads comprise the most significant collection in the world and originate from over 50 regions. One of the highlights is a set of rare Tibetan corals that Ms. Lindstrom acquired when she spent time working with the Dali Lama’s brother and sister.

Ms. Lindstrom became a renowned expert on the beads she collected, and was a sought after lecturer by museums and cultural centers around the world. She created necklaces from her beads which were true to the cultural heritage of their country of origin.

Treasured Art & World Ethnographic Objects

In addition to the stunning worldwide bead collection, Michaan’s Auctions will also offer rare items from Ms. Lindstrom’s Asian Art collection. The distinctive nature of these pieces provide buyers with opportunities to own some of the most treasured Asian Art (including figural sandstone pieces). Also for sale will be a collection of over 80 lots of world tribal and ethnographic objects.

Another incredible highlight of this auction will be over 31 lots of artwork from Ms. Lindstrom’s personal collection. Buyers can look forward to bidding on art by John Chin Young, Oscar Edwards, Fernand Leger, Jean Charlot, and many other noted artists.

The public is encouraged to attend the preview events at Michaan’s Auction House leading up to and including the day of the sale:

Friday, March 4, 12pm – 5pm

Saturday, March 5, 10am – 2pm

Sunday, March 6, 9am – 5pm

Day of sale, beginning at 9am

and by appointment.

A Truly Magnificent Auction of Exquisite Art & Rare Items

Beads, art and rare objects from Pre-Columbian, Roman and other historical periods will be featured at this auction, plus items from Africa, India, China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and many other regions will be offered. Fine art, furniture and many more intriguing and exquisite objects round out this incomparable sale. This is a truly one-of-a-kind auction that will appeal to a wide audience.

Please review our catalog that fully describes The Naomi Lindstrom Collection and plan to attend one of Michaan’s Auctions’ preview events for this March 7, 2016 sale.


Talesa’s Jewelry Pick of the Month – April 2015

A stylish spotlight from Michaan’s upcoming auction of April 11, 2015: A cultured pearl, sapphire, 18 karat white gold bracelet (lot 054, $700-900).photo

Michaan’s fashion-conscious Dir. of Marketing, Talesa Eugenio: This is a beautifully classic piece for sure, but its simplicity can be spun in many fashion directions. Pair it with an unexpected leather jacket, or go ultra-feminine for an event, such as a cocktail party.

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Michaan’s Jewelry Dept. Dir., Rhonda Harness: Lustrous pearls command center stage, but the subtle feature of the round-cut sapphires on the spacers gives sparkle to this piece. The uniformity of the pearls in this bracelet is also quite lovely.

The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at when it becomes available. Previews for the April Estate Auction will be held on April 4th, 5th and 10th and on the day of sale, Saturday, April 11, 2015. For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.


Going, Going…Gone? No!

Missed Michaan’s last estate auction? For the following 5 business days post sale, you now have the opportunity to purchase unsold lots. Michaan’s presents “Buy It Now,” giving you a second chance at owning an unclaimed treasure. For more information and to view unsold estate auction lots, please click here.

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Feel the Love on Saturday, February the 7th

Ruby, 18k Yellow Gold Heart Pendant, jewelry lot 027, $600-800. Sweetly simple, featuring twenty-two calibre-cut rubies.

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Five Red Glass Snuff Bottles, Asian lot 190, $1,500-2,500. May you be prosperous in all endeavors of the heart.

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Viacheslav Vasilevich Kalinin “Lovers” Pastel, fine art lot 230, $1,000-1,500. Love cannot be defined, for it is a feeling within.

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Six Paperweights For Your Valentine, decorative lot 346, $300-400. These adorable pieces are part of an 18 lot fine paperweight collection in the February sale.

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The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at when it becomes available. Previews for the February Estate Auction will be held on January 30th to February 1st and on the day of sale, Saturday, February 7, 2015. For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.


2014 December Fine Sneek Peek

The end of the year means bringing the best property to bidders at Michaan’s, in the form of two fine auctions.  The first is scheduled on Monday, December the 8th, encompassing jewelry, fine art, furnishings and decorations.  The second event will be held on Monday, December the 15th as a stand-alone Fine Asian Works of Art auction.  The following provides a first look into each department’s offerings with a selected auction highlight; a sneak peek into what is looking to be a noteworthy December fine season.

Fine Art – “Angels with Flower (from In the Bottom of the Garden),” $6,000-8,000.

The Andy Warhol signed watercolor upon lithograph will be joined in the December 8th fine auction by two additional works in the series (“Deux Cherubins – Two Cherubs and a Flower” and “The End”).

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Furniture & Decorative Arts – Daum Nancy Cameo Pictorial Glass Lamp, $8,000-10,000.

Daum Nancy is favored by many amongst Art Nouveau lighting, with this lamp bearing the delicate foliage motifs coveted by many collectors.



Jewelry – Pierre Touraine Diamond & 18k Yellow Gold “Ram’s Head” Ring, $6,000-9,000.

This particular ring was declared the winner of the 1974 “Diamond Today Competition” as published in the April 1978 issue of “Arizona Highways” magazine.

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Asian – Pair of Champlevé Enamel & Gilt Bronze Jardinières, $10,000-15,000.

From each Qianlong period jardinière springs forth a painstakingly assembled rendition of a fruit-bearing tree, glistening in amber, glass and hardstone elements.

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The illustrated auction catalogs will be posted online at when they become available.  Previews for the fine art, jewelry, furnishing and decoration auction will be held on December 5th to December 8, 2014, the day of sale.  Previews for the Fine Asian Works of Art auction will be held on December 5th to December 8th, in addition to December 12th to December 15, 2014, the day of sale.  For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.






Halloween Imagery Appears Amongst October Estate Property: Part 1


Mexican enamel and sterling silver snake necklace, $300-500.

Mexican enamel and sterling silver snake necklace, $300-500.

A slithering snake weaving its way through a glowing skull. Mexico’s Day of the Dead, when spirits are believed to be briefly released to rejoin the earthly realm. Whether as a Halloween dressing or a nod to the ghostly Mexican tradition, this snake necklace casts an eye-catching spell.

Find out more about our October Estate Auction.



Stone Cold in Love with June Fine Highlights

Michaan’s 2014 fine sale season begins with a June 6th auction encompassing fine art, jewelry, furnishings and decorations.  A highlight has been selected from each department represented in the sale, giving you a glimpse into the caliber of the offered property.  Fine Italian marble, Warhol cherubs plus a large fancy yellow diamond: hoping the combination leaves you stone cold in love with what you see at auction.

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Fine Art – Andy Warhol lithograph “Two Cherubs and a Flower (from In the Bottom of the Garden)” ($10,000-15,000)


Carved Italian marble cistern

Furniture & Decorative Arts – Carved Italian marble cistern ($6,000-8,000)

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Jewelry – Approximate 5.19 carat fancy yellow diamond ring ($50,000-80,000)

The auction will be held on June 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.  The online catalog is available at  Previews begin on May the 30th and continue until June the1st, as well as on the day of sale.  For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.


The Cabella Collection – Que Bella!

Steve Cabella, owner of Modern i, remains a recognized founder of the Bay Area modernist movement.  His groundbreaking shop is known as one of the earliest dedicated to modern design, as it opened its Marin doors in 1976.  Items from his collection have been internationally exhibited, including at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the Eames Office Gallery and the San Francisco Airport Museum.  An Eames expert in his own right, Cabella runs, a not-for-profit website documenting obscure Eames design moments.  In addition, he recently produced a film titled “Ray and Charles Eames: The Hollywood Connection” that delves into their contribution to Hollywood movie making.  The “Modern Maven” will debut choice selections from his coveted collection in Michaan’s 2oth Century Design Auction slated for May 8, 2014.  Approximately 80% of the sale lots will stem from the Cabella Collection, providing a wide range of mid-century modern pieces to the bidding public.  Some highlights from the sale that will have you saying “Que bella!”

Numerous extremely rare and one-of-a-kind pieces from modern icon Margaret de Patta:

Margaret De Patta Flatware.

Margaret De Patta Flatware

This four piece sterling silver, copper and stainless steel flatware set is embossed with original de Patta insignias.  Only five of these sets are known to exist, with remaining suites held in museums and esteemed private collections ($12,000-16,000).

Margaret De Patta Ring

Margaret De Patta Ring

This sterling silver Margaret de Patta ring of fluid abstract design will also be presented, standing as an excellent example of her limited studio production work ($2,400-3,200).

Collection of Margaret De Patta Paper Ephemera

Collection of Margaret De Patta Paper Ephemera

Perhaps one of the rarest de Patta offerings in the auction stems from this group of her original design paper ephemera ($1,200-1,400).  The three handmade, one-of-a-kind, abstract Christmas cards are accompanied by original brochure photos from 1950, 1951, 1961, 1962 and 1964.  This extremely rare collection was exhibited in both Oakland and New York Craft Museum Margaret de Patta exhibits.

1963 Avanti by Studebaker

1963 Avanti by Studebaker

This 1963 Avanti by Studebaker automobile designed by Raymond Loewy will be offered at an auction estimate of $20,000-25,000.  The car is one of only two thousand and eight produced by hand in 1963, bearing a serial number of 777.  The automobile remains in exceptionally clean, authentic condition with all of its original parts.

Eames Storage Unit

Eames Storage Unit

Also of note in the auction is this scarce Eames storage unit ($3,500-5,000).  The coveted model ES2U100 is fashioned in a rarely seen perforated metal panel.  This first year production piece remans in exceptional showroom condition, with its original colors of red, white, blue and grey.

Previews for this not to be missed collector event will be held on May 2nd to the 4th, as well as on the day of sale, May 8, 2014.  The sale will consist of a wonderful selection of modern and contemporary furniture, artwork, lighting and decorative objects.  For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.


Take a Trip to Auction Before Your Trip Down the Aisle

It seems to happen like clockwork; a rush of engagements are made during this time of year.  The timing makes perfect sense, as wedding season generally revolves around June, August, September and October, with December steadily gaining steam as holiday weddings have grown in popularity.  When caught up in the whirlwind of romance, what is any bride to do?  Not to worry gals, Michaan’s Auctions Jewelry Department Director Rhonda Harness is here for you.  Rhonda has over 30 years of professional experience in the fashion industry.  At one time her independent fashion label, Rhonda Harness, was featured in Vogue, Mademoiselle and Glamour magazines.  She has also collected jewelry for over 35 years and has a vast knowledge of period styles under her belt.  Ladies, I think you’re in good hands.  Here are some of Rhonda’s auction picks and ideas to help make the most beautiful of brides, as well as reflections from Michaan’s staff members who are about to take their own trips down the aisle.

Laura: “So Rhonda, why is shopping at auction a great alternative for creating a beautiful bridal look?”

Rhonda: “Well, usually the bridal look is all about beauty, femininity and romance.  Period jewelry, especially from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, is the epitome of these aesthetic qualities and is regularly seen at auction.  For those that prefer a more modern look, contemporary jewelry styles are sold as well, with great deals often being found for them.”

Laura: “Ok, let’s start with contemporary picks.  What do you have in your upcoming August sale?”

Rhonda: “There are two I can think of off the top of my head at estimates that don’t break the bank.  The first set centers an approximate half carat round brilliant cut diamond flanked by another half carat of diamonds.  The matching band bears another row of diamonds; classic and beautiful at an estimate of $800-1,200 (lot 272).  The other contemporary set holds a marquise cut diamond with delicate diamond work upon the bands.  This is offered at a very conservative estimate of $400-600 (lot 264).”



Laura: “And period?”



Rhonda: “A vintage stunner in the sale with a substantial look is lot 267 ($1,000-1,500).  A creative, artistic piece with a variety of diamond cuts is lot 270 ($1,200-1,400).  I highly recommend looking at these August offerings at preview or online when they become available.”



Then I went hunting for our perspective brides and groom.  I wondered, how has working in the auction realm aided you in planning your trip down the isle?

Jewelry Department Assistant Elise Bradley: “I bought the most beautiful period diamond brooch in this last July estate auction.  I plan on wearing it at my wedding, but as a pendant I will layer with other pearl strands.  I’m so excited, it’s going to be gorgeous!”



Asian Art Business Manager Kim Jee: “I actually had my wedding dress shipped to Michaan’s.  It’s hanging in my office so I can see what vintage accessories stream through the auction house that might go with my dress.  You could say I am constantly previewing!”

Facilities Manager Chris Gallo: “My fiancé has worked Michaan’s jewelry previews for about 4 years now.  She developed her jewelry tastes around many of the offerings of period pieces we have in our monthly auctions.  When it came to choosing a style for her ring, we based it on what she loves at auction.”

The illustrated auction catalog will be available for review at  Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on August 2nd and continue to the 4th, the day of sale.  For general information, please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.