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    Sale 7442

    Jewellery

    12 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 233

    A PAIR OF IMPORTANT NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF IMPORTANT NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS
    Each suspending a white and a grey natural pearl drop measuring 16.5-18.2 x 27.4 and 16.1-17.1 x 25.5 mm respectively to the brilliant and baguette-cut diamond geometric surmount, circa 1960, 7.0 cm long
    Accompanied by report no. 49013 dated 16 July 2007 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the pearls are natural saltwater pearls, and that the grey pearl shows no indications of artificial colour modifications (2)


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    These natural pearl ear pendants are remarkable on account of their size, the pearls weighing approximately 196 and 186 grains. The only other comparable pair to have been offered at auction is the Mancini pearls, which were sold at Christie's Geneva in 1969. The pearls were part of the famous collection of jewels that were given by Louis XIV to Maria Mancini (1639-1715), a niece of Cardinal Mazarin.

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