Property from the Collection of Mary Duncan Sanford
DIAMOND NECKLACE, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
The front designed as a graduated fringe of marquise-shaped diamonds, suspended from graduated lines of old European-cut diamonds, accented by baguette, tapered baguette and round diamonds, length 14 inches, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered N.Y.20277; circa 1950. With signed box, pouch and illustrated silk scarf.
In good condition, with typical surface scratches to the mounting commensurate with age and wear. Mounting tests as platinum. The central 7 marquise-shaped diamonds (from the male end of the clasp): weighing approximately 1.15 and 1.50 carats, the largest 3 weighing 2.22, 3.21, and 2.62 carats, weighing approximately 1.60, 1.30 carats; ranging from approximately G-J color, VS-SI clarity. The remaining marquise-shaped diamonds estimated to weigh approximately 10.35 carats; the old European and round diamonds estimated to weigh a total of approximately 14.35 carats; the baguette diamonds estimated to weigh a total of approximately 13.00 carats; the diamonds are approximately F-H color, VS-SI clarity with a few I1 clarity examples. The diamonds estimated to weigh a total of approximately 51.85 carats. Clasp closes securely and is fitted with a safety catch. Silk scarf in good condition, with light wear, commensurate with age.
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