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    Sale 7442

    Jewellery

    12 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 18

    A NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND BEE BROOCH

    Price Realised  

    A NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND BEE BROOCH
    The body set with two natural abalone pearls weighing 8.52 and 2.41 carats (34.1 and 9.6 grains) to the pavé-set diamond wings and cabochon ruby eyes, probably late 1930s, 4.5 cm wide
    Accompanied by report nos. 0704149 and 0704150 dated 2 May 2007 from the Gübelin Gem Lab stating that the pearls are natural abalone saltwater pearls


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    The haliotis or abalone shell produces especially fine and colourful nacre and is sought-after not only for its beautiful mother-of-pearl but also for its rare, usually irregularly shaped, pearls.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.