The rare pearls contained within this section have been gathered from around the world and appropriately brought to the Gulf, which for centuries was by far the most important source of pearls.
Fine coloured pearls and exceptionally large examples are difficult to find nowdays and this section of 30 lots must be considered one of the most important groups of natural pearls to have appeared at auction for a very long time.
There is no official record of important and historic pearls and information in books regarding weights and measurements is sparse.
Christie's have however compiled a database of almost 200 of the worlds largest and most historic pearls on which our references in this catalogue are based.
In order to add pearl's to Christie's International records please e-mail David Warren at email@example.com with weights measurements and an image of any individual pearls over 160 grains (40 carats).