Christie’s Important Jewels
LONDON - DECEMBER 2, 2015
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.