ATTRIBUTED TO CARTIER [傳為卡地亞製] | PAIR OF SUPERB NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, 1930S [天然珍珠配鑽石耳環一對，1930年代]
Property of the Earl of Haddington
ATTRIBUTED TO CARTIER
PAIR OF SUPERB NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, 1930S
Each composed of a foliate surmount set with circular-cut and cushion-shaped diamonds, supporting a drop shaped natural pearl measuring approximately 10.30 x 10.40 x 13.50mm and 10.60 x 10.70 x 13.50mm respectively, later hook fittings, unsigned, fitted case stamped Cartier.
Accompanied by a gemmological report; together with an SSEF report.
Accompanied by SSEF report no. 114993, stating that the pearls were found to be natural, saltwater.
Accompanied by SSEF report no. 114993 and GCS report no. 80250-40, stating that the pearls measuring approximately 10.30 x 10.40 x 13.50mm and 10.60 x 10.70 x 13.50mm, were found to be natural, saltwater.
Earrings unsigned. Original screw fittings replaced with hooks, in good working order, traces of solder to reverse of setting at junction points. Cushion-shaped diamonds in surmounts measuring approximately 6.6 x 6.85 x 5.2mm and 6.5 x 6.8 x 4.8mm, calculated to weigh approximately 1.49 and 1.34 carats, estimated to be J/K colour, SI1 and I1 clarity. Estimated remaining diamond weight approximately 1.50 - 2.50 carats, estimated to be H-I colour, mixed clarity grades. Pearls of oval form, slightly drop shaped, each of white body colour with rose and green overtones. Each of good lustre, nacre overall in good condition, some very minor surface imperfections. Each earring approximately 38mm in length, combined gross weight approximately 12.4 grams. Overall in good condition. Fitted case stamped Cartier.
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This beautifully matched pair of natural pearls, set in a glittering pair of diamond earrings attributed to Cartier, come from the collection of Sarah Baillie-Hamilton, born Sarah Cook (1903-1995). Born in Montreal in 1903, she met George, the 12th Earl of Haddington when he was working as an aide-de-camp to the Governer-General of Canada. The couple married in 1923, settling down in Scotland at the family seat at Mellerstain. Lady Haddington opened the family home as an emergency military hospital during the war, and was fondly remembered by the injured soldiers who recovered there for the kindness she showed to them. Her dedication to the injured troops carried into the post-war years, and she tirelessly raised funds for the Scottish National Institution for the War Blinded at Lindburn. In addition to her many contributions during the war, Lady Haddington was also a very talented gardener, as evidenced by the gardens she created at Tyninghame House, near Haddington in East Lothian, and a classically-trained pianist. Her love and natural gift for music (her tastes ranged from Chopin to Rod Stewart) drew her into managing the first Edinburgh International Festival in 1947, which she helped guide for 14 years.