Lot 150
  • 150

Diamond and cultured pearl necklace, Hennell, London, 1928

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Designed as a central quatrefoil link continuing to trefoil links graduating in size, set with 17 cultured button pearls measuring approximately 13.5 to 5.8 mm. in diameter, completed by numerous round diamonds, mounted in platinum, length 15 inches, unsigned, retailed by Hennell. Together with 2 additional segments of cultured pearls and diamonds, and 2 cultured pearl and diamond drops, the necklace and segments set with a total of 470 round diamonds weighing approximately 62.00 carats. With fitted box stamped Hennell. 


Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a receipt from Hennell, dated February 28, 1986, stating that  the necklace was made in London in 1928 for Her Majesty Queen Mary, later given by her to the Beaufort Family who were her hosts during the period of the second World War. 

The necklace offered here is almost identical to a diamond and cultured pearl necklace presently in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II. Known as "The Golden Jubilee Necklace", it was originally presented to Queen Victoria in June of 1887 as a celebratory memorial of her fifty years on the throne. Photographs of both queens wearing the necklace are  illustrated in the book The Queen's Jewels: The Personal Collection of Elizabeth II, by Leslie Field.