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    Sale 1350

    Magnificent Jewels

    15 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 396

    A MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE

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    A MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE
    Designed as a graduated line of fifteen rectangular-cut emeralds to the cushion-shaped diamond spacers, mounted in 18k gold and platinum, the emeralds mounted circa 1880, the diamonds added circa 1900, 39.0 cm inner circumference
    Accompanied by report no. 48851 dated 20 June 2007 from the SSEF Swiss Gemological Institute stating that the fifteen emeralds, weighing (from right to left) 6.03, 7.07, 10.44, 8.27, 13.72, 19.62, 18.00, 29.94, 16.37, 19.17, 13.11, 11.39, 6.59, 7.72, and 6.82 carats are all of Colombian origin, with minor to moderate amount of oil in fissures


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    This necklace is composed of the fifteen emeralds originally listed in the Boucheron archive of 19th December 1882 as the jewels belonging to Countess Henckel von Donnersmarck (La Païva). The gold mountings of the emeralds certainly date to the time of the first Countess, while the platinum-set diamond spacers would have been inserted later by Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck.

    Provenance

    Countess Henckel von Donnersmarck, known as 'La Païva' (1882-1884)
    Count Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck (1884-1887)
    Countess, later Princess, Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck (1887-1929, during which time the diamond spacers were added)
    Thereafter, by direct family descent


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF PRINCESS KATHARINA HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK (CONTINUED)