Lot 1726
  • 1726

Pair of Gem Set, Seed Pearl and Diamond Brooches, Late 19th Century

48,000 - 65,000 HKD
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  • gold, diamond, sapphire, ruby, seed pearl
Each designed as a butterfly, the first decorated with rose-cut diamonds, cabochon opals, red gemstones and sapphires; and the second embellished with rose-cut diamonds, seed pearls, red gemstones and sapphires; both mounted in silver and gold, each can be worn as a pendant.


Mounted in 6 karat gold as tested. Red gemstones are bright, purplish red colour and good saturation, overall in good condition. Sapphires, estimated to weigh approximately 0.40ct, are medium dark blue of moderate saturation, with minor typical inclusions, some surface reaching when viewed under 10X magnification. Opals, estimated to weigh approxiamtely 0.10ct, are white with faint to moderate play of colour. Pearls are cream colour with very good lustre. Diamonds, estimated to weigh approximately 0.15ct, are on average J colour, SI clarity as gauged and graded in the mounting. Signs of minor wear and tarnish on metal consistent with age and use. Overall in very good condition.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption.Certificates of Authenticity: Various manufacturers may not issue certificates of authenticity upon request. Sotheby's is not under an obligation to furnish the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer at any time. Unless the requirements for a rescission of the sale under the Terms of Guarantee are satisfied, the failure of a manufacturer to issue a certificate will not constitute grounds to rescind the sale. Gemological Certificates and Reports: References in the catalogue descriptions to certificates or reports issued by gemological laboratories are provided only for the information of bidders, and Sotheby's does not guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, terms or information contained in such certificates or reports. Please also note that laboratories may differ in their assessment of a gemstone (including its origin and presence, type and extent of treatments) and their certificates or reports may contain different results.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.