Lot 1609
  • 1609

Gold, Turquoise, Diamond and Ruby Coin Purse, Van Cleef & Arpels

150,000 - 200,000 HKD
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  • yellow gold, turqoise, ruby, diamond
The round hinged cover engraved with floral motif, highlighted by cabochon turquiose border and circular-cut diamond and ruby details, to the accordion opening and gold mesh, mounted in 14 karat pink, yellow and white gold, signed Van Cleef & Arpels N.Y. and numbered.


Cf.: John Culme and Nicholas Rayner, The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor, New York, 1987, pg. 193 for two similar examples of this purse from the collection of the Duchess of Windsor.


Signed Van Cleef & Arpels N.Y., numbered 5104. Stamped 14K for 14 karat pink, yellow gold and white gold mounting. Turquoise cabochon, estimated to weigh approximately 3.50 carats in total, are medium greenish blue of good saturation, some displaying minor matrix pattern typically found in natural turquoise. Rubies, weighing approximately 0.05ct in total are medium dark purplish red and strong saturation with typical natural inclusions and minor abrasion and nicks under 10X inspection. Diamonds, estimated to weigh approximately 0.10ct in total are on avearge F to G colour, VS to SI in clarity as gauged and graded in the mounting. Signs of minor wear to metal consistent with use. Overall in very good condition. Total gross weigh approximately 30 grams.
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