PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
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This magnificent and rare jewel dates to Kharkov, Russia at the turn of the last century. A 19th Century jewel is a rare occurrence in the jewelry market today, as most pieces were dismantled and stones used in more modern pieces. The fact that this piece is completely intact and has remained within the same family for over 100 years, makes it very desirable.
In 1919, in the midst of the Russian Civil War, this distinguished family was forced to flee for their lives, along with other White Russian gentry. Fortunately, the jewel survived many uncertain years of the family's exile and eventually became part of the daughter's private collection.
The daughter became a founding member of the United Nations simultaneous interpretation service at Lake Success in 1946. She was regarded as a "living legend" by her colleagues and was, indeed, a towering figure in her profession as a Russian interpreter.