A strand of pearls is a wardrobe essential. With the advent of the cultured pearl, made available by Mikimoto to a general jewelry-buying audience in the 1920s, pearls became the most important piece in a woman’s jewelry box, second only to her wedding ring. From a girl’s first gift of akoyas to a society darling's marble-sized collier, pearls are eminently tasteful and timeless. Coco Chanel wore ropes upon ropes of them, while Grace Kelly highlighted her beauty with a single strand set high on the neck. And Jackie Kennedy’s famous three-row necklace, despite being simulated, set the standard to this day, worn with everything from a simple sweater to an Oleg Cassini evening gown. The present lot, a highly important strand of South Sea pearls, is exceptional in every respect: impressive size, a pure white body color, smooth skins and superlative luster. No collection is complete without a pearl necklace, and lucky is the woman who adds this to her trove.