- seed pearls, enamel, rubies, diamond, natural pearl
The baroque-shaped natural pearl measuring approximately 27.40 x 20.45 x 14.40mm, suspended from a surmount set with variously cut rubies and diamonds, decorated with black enamel, from a multi-strand seed pearl sautoir, length approximately 820mm.
Rubies of Burmese origin cannot be imported into the US. This piece may contain rubies of Burmese origin and therefore may not be able to be imported into the US. Certification of non-Burmese origin will be required before import of rubies into the US. Please see our Important Notices and contact the jewellery department for further information.
Accompanied by SSEF report no. 73571, stating that the pearl, weighing approximately 50 carat and measuring approximately 27.40 x 20.45 x 14.40 mm, was found to be natural, saltwater.
According to the SSEF report, the pearl is of white body colour, for further information please refer to the report; some blemishes and growths marks, good lustre. Seed pearls slightly silvery white. Rubies well matched. Black enamel with few chips and areas of loss. Diamonds bright and lively. Clasp secure. Signs of normal wear to the metal, scratches consistent with use. In good condition. Total gross weight approximately 26 grams.
Please note that Sotheby's is not responsible for the accuracy of any estimated weights provided by gemmological certificates.
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The baroque-shaped pearl was named after Prince Frederick Henry of Orange (1584-1647), Staatholder of the Netherlands. By family tradition, it is understood that this pearl was inherited by his daughter Princess Henriette Catherine who wore it on the day of her marriage to Prince George II of Anhalt-Dessau (1627-1693), in 1659. The small cross on the surmount refers to the late Prince Frederick, who died it 1647.
The 'Staatholder Pearl' continued to be worn by the subsequent brides in the family including the present owner's mother, Duchess Edda Charlotte, at her wedding in 1929, and the present owner's wife, Princess Corinna, at her wedding in 1960. According to family tradition, the 'Staatholder Pearl' guarantees a long and happy marriage.