A circa 1930’s diamond necklace by Cartier   Sold for €210,000
A circa 1930’s diamond necklace by Cartier Sold for €210,000
A Ruby and Diamond Necklace by Lacloche, circa 1950's - sold for €14,000
A Ruby and Diamond Necklace by Lacloche, circa 1950's - sold for €14,000
A Late 19th Century Diamond Star Brooch - Sold for €11,000
A Late 19th Century Diamond Star Brooch - Sold for €11,000
A Gold Self-Winding Wristwatch
A Gold Self-Winding Wristwatch "Calatrava" by Patek Philippe, Circa 1991 - Sold for €8,200
A Novelty Brooch by Cartier Paris, Circa 1965 - Sold for €5,500
A Novelty Brooch by Cartier Paris, Circa 1965 - Sold for €5,500



Buying Private FAQs | Selling Private FAQs

Adams private sales provides a tailored service where you can meet one-on-one with a Claire, a graduate gemologist to discuss your requirements. Our skilled specialists are delighted to offer advise if you are considering buying and selling at auction or you can simply view particular pieces without being tied to the auction calendar.

This bespoke service offers customers a discreet meeting for engagement ring consultation, where we can guide and help you choose a beautiful quality piece for that special occasion.

Our international contacts guarantee that you can count on Adams for unique and signature pieces at fantastic prices. We invite you to contact Claire at claire@adams.ie or Tel: 01-6760261.


How to Value Diamonds based on the Four C’s


A carat is the international metric unit of weight for a diamond. Large diamonds are much rarer than small ones, so the value of a diamond rises in proportion to its carat weight. 


Diamonds are graded on a colour scale from D to Z, D being colourless and Z having a light colour tint. All D to Z diamonds are considered white, although they contain varying degrees of colour. With white diamonds the absence of colour is most sought after and so too the value increases with lack of body colour. Diamonds do come in a variety of colours such as pinks, blues and yellows, known as fancy colours. Although fancy colour diamonds are graded on a separate colour scale.


The “birthmarks” or small imperfections on the surface (called blemishes) and inside the diamond (called inclusions) are known as clarity characteristics. Clarity refers to the degree to which clarity characteristics are present.  The clarity scale has 6 categories (FL, IF, VVS’s, VS’s, SI’s and I’s) divided into 11 grades and diamonds with less inclusions have a higher value.


The ability of a transparent diamond to play with white light is largely down to the cut of a stone. The faceted faces of a diamond act like a hall of mirrors bouncing light inside a diamond and returning it as brilliance (white light), fire (flashes of colour) and scintillation (pleasing pattern of light and dark areas). A well-cut diamond is very lively and bright. Round brilliant diamonds are more expensive than fancy-cut diamonds, as more rough is cut to produce the diamond.




1. Estimates and Reserves

Estimates are shown below each lot in this sale. All amounts shown are in Euro. The figures shown are provided merely as a guide to prospective purchasers. They are approximate prices which are expected, are not definitive and are subject to revision. Reserves, if any, will not be any higher than the lower estimate.

2. Artists Resale Rights (Droit de Suite) is NOT payable by purchasers

3. Paddle Bidding (In Person)

All intending purchasers must register for a paddle number before the auction. Please allow time for registration. We recommend reading "Buying at Adam's" for first time buyers from our web site www.adams.ie for more information. Please be aware that photographic identification by way of passport or driving licence will be required for new registrants, together with a secure valid credit card. This is for security purposes only. Potential purchasers are recommended to register on viewing days.

3. Buyer's Premium, Payment & Delivery

Buyers Premium:

The buyer shall pay the Auctioneer a commission at the rate of 20% on the Hammer Price plus VAT @ 23% (applied only to the commission) on all individual lots.

For example on a hammer price of €1,000, the Buyer's Premium amounts to €200 and the VAT on the Buyer's Premium amounts to €46.00, giving a total amount due of €1,246


All purchases must be paid for within two calendar days of the sale. Our payment terms are cash, banker's draft or cheque drawn on an Irish bank. Cheques will take a minimum of five working days to clear the bank, unless they have been vouched to our satisfaction prior to the sale, or you have a previous cheque payment history with Adam's. We also accept the following Credit Cards: Visa & Mastercard, subject to a credit card surcharge of 1.5% of the total invoice value, & American Express, subject to a surcharge of 3.65%. Debit cards, including Laser card payments, are not subject to a surcharge, however there are daily limits on Laser Card payments. Bank Transfer details are available on request. Please ensure that all bank charges are paid in addition to the invoice total, in order to avoid delays in release of the items. Goods will only be released upon clearance through the bank of all monies due.

Delivery takes place the day after the sale from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Uncollected lots may be subject to storage and handling charges unless specific arrangements have been made with the department. It is important to make contact with us in this regard to avoid any unnecessary charges. Adam's outsource all carriage & shipping requests to recommended third parties whom we deal with on a regular basis. This list is available upon request.

4. VAT Regulations

All lots are sold within the Auctioneer's VAT Margin Scheme unless advised to the contrary. Revenue Regulations require that the Buyer's Premium must be invoiced at a rate which is inclusive of VAT. This is not recoverable by any VAT registered buyer.

The VAT on buyer's premium may be zero rated for lots exported outside of the EU. This facility is available to non-residents and has strict guidelines in relation to availing of this scheme. Please contact a member of the accounts department to enquire further.

5. Absentee and Telephone Bids

We are happy to execute absentee or written bids for bidders who are unable to attend or can arrange for bidding to be conducted by telephone. Bid forms are available from our web site or you can leave absentee bids online by registering on www.adams.ie. Cancellation of bids must be confirmed 24 hours before the auction.

Bidding by telephone may be booked on lots with a minimum estimate of €500. Early booking is advisable as availability of lines cannot be guaranteed.

6. Condition Reports

The property is sold "as is" therefore imperfections/defects are not stated in the catalogue description. It is up to the intending purchaser to satisfy themselves as to the condition of a lot(s) before bidding. Condition reports may be requested in advance of sale subject to our terms of business. The report is an expression of opinion only and must not be treated as a statement of fact.

7. Conditions of Sale

All lots are being sold under the Conditions of Sale as printed in the sale catalogue and on display in the salerooms or via our web site www.adams.ie