PAIR OF NATURAL PEARL, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND DIAMOND PENDANT-EARRINGS
Suspending two drop-shaped pearls measuring approximately 13.1 x 12.9 mm, capped by rose-cut diamonds, set with old European-cut diamonds, surmounted by two near-round pearls measuring approximately 9.2 x 9.1 mm, accented at the top with mother-of-pearl inlays; circa 1900.
Accompanied by GIA report no. 6194902796 dated December 28, 2018 stating that the pearls are natural, saltwater.
Please note this property cannot be shipped internationally due to endangered species material.
In good condition given the age of the earrings, with wear and discoloration to the mountings. Mounted in silver-topped gold. The later-added screwbacks stamped 585 for 14 karat gold. The pearls are of creamy white body color, faint pink and green overtones, with minute blemishes, one drop pearl with slight wrinkling at the top, not readily apparent when worn, good luster and well-matched. The near-round pearls with filler at the top to conceal drill holes from when the pearls were presumably part of a necklace. The pearl drops with rose-cut diamonds set into the bottoms. The rose-cut diamonds of decorative quality. The old European-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 1.15 carats are approximately K-M color, VS-SI clarity. Length approximately 2 inches. Nice movement when worn. Accompanied by GIA report no. 6194902796 dated December 28, 2018 stating that the pearls are natural, saltwater. Please note this property cannot be shipped internationally due to endangered species materials. With special thanks to Stefano Papi for his assistance with this attribution.
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Sotheby’s New York, December 10, 1986, Important Jewelry, lot 120
Formerly in the Collection of Queen Anne of Romania, daughter of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margaret of Denmark
For an image of Queen Anne wearing lot 563, see 20th Century Jewelry & The Icons of Style by Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes, page 88.