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    Sale 1350

    Magnificent Jewels

    15 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 332

    AN EXQUISITE DIAMOND AND GOLD FLOWER BROOCH, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

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    AN EXQUISITE DIAMOND AND GOLD FLOWER BROOCH, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
    Designed as a textured gold cage frame opening to reveal a detachable flower of five pear-shaped diamond petals, weighing 9.19, 6.93, 6.50, 5.47 and 3.97 carats, to the brilliant-cut diamond centre, each petal further detachable with screwdriver fitting to form a diamond pendant drop, mounted in 18k gold, made in 1963, 4.0 cm, with pendant hoop fitting, screwdriver fitting deficient
    Signed VCA NY for Van Cleef & Arpels, nos. 34596 and 1859
    Accompanied by five reports from the Gemological Institute of America with the following details:

    Report no. Date Colour Clarity Weight
    16226252 24 August 2007 Faint Pink VS2 3.97
    16226240 24 July 2007 F VS2 5.47
    16226243 24 July 2007 F SI2 9.19
    16226238 24 July 2007 F I1 6.5
    16226245 26 July 2007 G VS1 6.93

    With a diamond type note for report no. 16226252 stating that
    'the 3.97 carat pear modified brilliant cut diamond ... has been determined to be a type IIa pink diamond. Type IIa pink diamonds are very rare in nature, often have relatively few inclusions and are noted for their mostly homogenous color in the rough. Unlike many other colored diamonds, the color in pink diamonds can not only be caused by impurities, but it may also be a result of the of the diamond's exposure to heat and pressure during transportation into earth's crust. Type IIa pinks hace been found in a number of mining regions around the world. Historically they were found in India (particularly from the Golconda region) and, in more recent times, most notably from Brazil and Africa.'


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    Together with the following lot of matching earclips, these two jewels are an extraordinary set, not only as a collection of wonderful stones, but also for their ingenious mounting mechanism.
    With the 3.96 carat light pink diamond noted for its similarity to 'Golconda' stones, the remaining white diamonds are equally of a beautiful old material, desirable both for the high colour and charming outline. Furthermore, as a collection of large matching pear-shapes of this quality and rarity, they are all the more unusual.
    Fittingly, the intriguing mount has been designed especially for this collection of diamonds, cleverly opening out, expanding and finally detaching to reveal each diamond in its simple beauty.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Jewels from the Collection of H.S.H. Princess Cecil Amelia von Fürstenberg (continued)