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The Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry, Part 2

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer the Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry, Part 2. Presenting over 190 lots acquired over six decades, the sale offers fine jewelry for ladies, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, lockets, pendants and wristwatches, buckles, eyeglass frames and jewelry sets. Most are crafted of gold, white or rose gold, platinum or silver, with precious stones and embellishments such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emerald, amethyst, garnets, opal, jade, turquoise, coral, cultured and seed pearls, cameos, rose quartz, moonstone, malachite, tiger’s eye, tourmaline, enamel, onyx and gold coins.  

Also featured are a number of jewelry groupings, including necklaces, bracelets, cameos, brooches, charms, gem-set and gold rings for women and men, pins and stickpins, wristwatches, and gentlemen’s accessories. There are also several collections of unmounted rubies and sapphires, and other stones.

The life of Felicia Michalski reads like a suspense novel, particularly during the war years.  Born in Gostynin, Poland, in 1919, she survived the Holocaust, capture by the Russians who sent her to Siberia as slave labor, gangrene and typhus. In 1942, she married Joseph Michalski, who also had been a Russian prisoner of war, then had two of their three sons.  In 1949, the family went to America, ending up in San Francisco, where life gradually became better.  

Living in California after the war, Felicia developed a serious collecting passion. According to her son Henry, Mrs. Michalski was known for her exceptional eye, a natural love of beauty, and an unrelenting desire to acquire. Among her many collecting pursuits, jewelry was her favorite. Part 2 of the Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry features many of the treasured adornments she collected over 60 years.

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