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Emerald and diamond pendant, 1890s

Property of a Lady of Title

Emerald and diamond pendant, 1890s

Emerald and diamond pendant, 1890s

Property of a Lady of Title

Emerald and diamond pendant


The claw-set oval emerald weighing approximately 31.0 carats, each claw set with a rose-cut diamond, issuing a graduated knifewire tassel set with circular-cut diamonds, to an unassociated late 19th century diamond surmount.

Accompanied by a gemmological report. 

Accompanied by GCS report no. 81302-13, dated 19th April 2021, stating that the emerald measuring approximately 21.9 x 21.4 x 9.1mm and weighing approximately 31.0 carats is of Colombian origin, indication of moderate clarity enhancement.

Unsigned. Emerald with some small abrasions to the facets, inclusions are eye visible. Circular-cut diamonds estimated to weigh approximately 3.00 - 3.30 carats and estimated to be approximately SI1/2, some small chips to girdles. Hinged jump-ring to unassociated late 19th century surmount no longer hinges. Some small solder repairs. Length approximately 76mm and width approximately 26mm. Overall condition is good. Total gross weight approximately 17.5g.

Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.

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Caroline Lucy, Mrs Pawlett Lane (1828-1864)

Mary Elizabeth Williams, Mrs George Hammond Lucy (1803-1889)

Thence by descent to the present owner.


The emerald was most likely a gift from Captain Thomas Pawlett Lane (1826-1910) to his wife Caroline Pawlett Lane (1828-1864). Caroline was born Caroline Lucy in 1826 and was the daughter of George Hammond-Lucy and Mary Elizabeth (Williams) Lucy . Before marrying Caroline, Thomas was stationed in India with the Bengal Cavalry and served in the Second Anglo-Sikh War. He returned to England in 1857 and married Caroline, however, the match was not approved of by her family due to Thomas having only his Captains wages to provide until he came into his inheritance. During their marriage he spent extended periods of time in India whilst Caroline remained behind at the family home Charlecote Park in Warwickshire. It is in India where the emerald was most likely purchased. Caroline suffered a life of poor health and sadly died at the age of 36 whilst her husband was still away, the emerald was then inherited by her mother Mary Elizabeth Lucy (née Williams) (1803-1889).