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Important antique diamond brooch, circa 1860. Photo Sotheby’s.

The delicately crafted ribbon brooch centring on an Old Mine-cut diamond weighing approximately 5.00 carats, supporting a fringe of six pear-shaped diamonds together weighing approximately 8.20 carats, to an openwork ribbon set with circular-cut diamonds together weighing approximately 16.00 carats, mounted in silver-topped gold. Estimate 1,200,0001,500,000  HKD. Lot Sold 1,880,000 HKD

Provenance: Formerly from the property of H.R.H. Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, aunt to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Sotheby’s. Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Hong Kong, 03 Apr 2012.