Christie’s Im­por­tant Jew­els

LON­DON - DE­CEM­BER 2, 2015

Adore Gems & Timepieces - - SCOOP -

A rare 19th-cen­tury nat­u­ral coloured pearl neck­lace es­ti­mated to fetch £500,000£700,000, and for­merly owned by Queen Is­abella II of Spain, was of­fered in this auc­tion. The neck­lace is com­posed of a grad­u­ated row of 43 nat­u­ral-coloured pearls rang­ing in size from ap­prox­i­mately 13.8mm-6.5mm, in vary­ing tones of black, grey and bronze, and fea­tures a pearl clasp sur­rounded by old-cut di­a­monds mounted in sil­ver and gold. Lady Cul­li­nan’s el­e­gant two strand nat­u­ral pearls were also put un­der the ham­mer. Other iconic jew­ellery cre­ations in­clude Van Cleef & Ar­pels’ Ludo de­signs, some Cartier art deco pieces and an amaz­ing sap­phire and di­a­monds set by Bul­gari.

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