Boucheron | Silver-Topped Gold, Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace and Pair of Earclips [黃金鍍銀鑲天然珍珠配鑽石項鏈及耳環一對]
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Property From a Family Collection
Silver-Topped Gold, Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace and Pair of Earclips
Of garland design, suspending 14 drop-shaped natural pearls measuring approximately from 13.9 x 11.4 to 7.5 x 7.2 mm, the necklace composed of 14 button-shaped natural pearls, within alternating floral and foliate motifs, set with numerous old European, old mine and rose-cut diamonds, length 16 inches, three small diamonds missing; the earclips of similar design, suspending two drop-shaped pearls measuring approximately 14.3 x 11.4 and 13.5 x 11.4 mm, capped by rose-cut diamonds, surmounted by two button-shaped pearls measuring 8.1 x 8.0 mm, further highlighted by old European-cut diamonds, two small diamonds missing, both pieces unsigned; dated 1896. With signed box.
In good condition, with wear and scratches throughout, commensurate with age, some areas with evidence of soldering and repair. Five small diamonds missing. Mounted in silver-topped gold. The drop-shaped pearls ranging from creamy white body color to silvery light gray body color with soft degrees of rose and green overtones, good skin and luster, minor blemishes, a few examples with evidence of adhesive to the top. The button-shaped pearls in overall good condition, of silvery and creamy white body color, with moderate rose, green and purple overtones, good skin and luster, a few examples with ringing, dimples and light blemishes. Diamonds on the earclips estimated to weigh a total of approximately 13.00 carats. Diamonds on the necklace estimated to weigh a total of approximately 45.00-50.00 carats are approximately I-K color, with several examples M+. The earclip posts and clips later added. Earclip length approximately 2½ inches. Accompanied by two GIA reports: No. 5201878177 dated February 13, 2020 stating that the pearls on the necklace are natural, saltwater. No. 2205878172 dated February 13, 2020 stating the pearls on the earclips are natural, saltwater. Together with a letter from the GIA stating that "the creation of this remarkable suite almost certainly required a great deal of effort and commendable perseverance." Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Boucheron stating that the suite was originally conceived as a tiara in 1896 and restyled by Boucheron in 1902.
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Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Boucheron stating that the suite was originally conceived as a tiara in 1896 and restyled by Boucheron in 1902.
Accompanied by two GIA reports:
No. 5201878177 dated February 13, 2020 stating that the pearls on the necklace are natural, saltwater.
No. 2205878172 dated February 13, 2020 stating the pearls are on the earclips natural, saltwater. Together with a letter from the GIA stating that "the creation of this remarkable suite almost certainly required a great deal of effort and commendable perseverance."
The necklace, when worn as a tiara, is identical to one that Lady Wolverton, only daughter of the 1st Earl of Dudley, received as a wedding gift and was later sold by Christie’s London approximately 30 years ago. Renowned for her great beauty, Lady Wolverton, née Lady Edith Ward, famously dressed as Britannia for the Devonshire House Ball in 1897 and her 1895 wedding boasted a guest list including many noble and royal houses. In addition to the Boucheron tiara, she received an extraordinary selection of jewels including a ruby and diamond brooch from the Prince and Princess of Wales, a ruby and diamond bracelet from Princess Adolphus of Teck and diamond caduceus brooch, jointly given by several members of the British royal family. Images of the Christie’s London catalogue available upon request.