A mid 20th century diamond and natural pearl necklace. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.
Set to the centre with an old brilliant-cut diamond, weighing 4.53 carats, suspending a drop-shaped natural pearl, measuring 13.4 – 13.8 x 18.3mm, via connecting links of old brilliant, square and single-cut diamonds, on a chain of cartouche links set throughout with similarly cut diamonds, to a fancy-link back chain, composite, smaller diamonds approximately 2.40 carats total, length 38.5cm. Lot 144. Estimate £35,000 – 40,000 (€44,000 – 50,000)
Accompanied by a report from SSEF stating that the pearl is natural, saltwater, with no indications of colour modification. Report number 75103, 19 June 2014.
Accompanied by a report from The Gem & Pearl Laboratory stating that the pearl is natural, saltwater, with no evidence of treatment. Report number 09831, dated 9 May 2014.
Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY, INCORPORATING THE CERES COLLECTION, LOTS 1 TO 101; A COLLECTION OF CAMEOS & INTAGLIOS FORMED BY AN AMERICAN FAMILY FROM THE 1930S TO THE 1990S, 17 Sep 2014 13:00 BST, LONDON, NEW BOND STREET