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    Sale 1359

    Jewels: The Geneva Sale

    20 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 257

    A PAIR OF RUBY AND DIAMOND EAR CLIPS, BY PETOCHI

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF RUBY AND DIAMOND EAR CLIPS, BY PETOCHI
    Each designed as an oval-shaped ruby within an old-cut diamond cluster, mounted in 18k white gold and gold, 2.2 cm long
    By G. Petochi
    Accompanied by report no. 52418 dated 19 September 2008 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the rubies are of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating


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    PETOCHI

    Petochi was established in Rome in 1884. Twenty years after its creation, Prince Alessandro Torlonia gave Petochi the opportunity to move its headquarters in his Palace in Via Bocca di Leone. From that day Petochi became legendary in the world of Roman aristocracy with names like the the Borghese, the Colonna, the Odescalchi and the Pallavicini families.

    Petochi supplied the most important monarchs in Europe, in particular the Italian Royal Household. In 1934 Prince Umberto of Savoy entrusted Petochi to rework his grandmother's diamond rivire as a gift to his wife Maria Jos for the birth of their firstborn Maria Pia.

    In the early forties the house moved to its current headquarters to Pizza di Spagna, where it continued to produce its exclusive, custom made and versatile jewels. In 2004, Petochi was bought by a prestigious Roman company that operated in the jewelry and luxury field.

    Special Notice

    Items which contain rubies or jadeite originating in Burma (Myanmar) may not be imported into the U.S. Please be advised that a purchasers inability to import any such item into the U.S. or any other country shall not constitute grounds for non-payment or cancellation of the sale. With respect to items that contain any other types of gemstones originating in Burma (e.g., sapphires), such items may be imported into the U.S., provided that the gemstones have been mounted or incorporated into jewellery outside of Burma and provided that the setting is not of a temporary nature (e.g., a string).


    Pre-Lot Text

    FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF MONA BISMARCK


    Literature

    Sotheby's, 'The Magnificent Jewels of the late Countess Mona Bismarck', Geneva, 13th May 1986, lot 24