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9015

Natural Pearl and Diamond Earrings, 19th Century | 天然海水珍珠 配 鑽石 耳墜一對, 19世紀

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 200,000 HKD

Natural Pearl and Diamond Earrings, 19th Century | 天然海水珍珠 配 鑽石 耳墜一對, 19世紀

Natural Pearl and Diamond Earrings, 19th Century | 天然海水珍珠 配 鑽石 耳墜一對, 19世紀

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 200,000 HKD

Lot sold:

189,000

HKD

Natural Pearl and Diamond Earrings

19th Century

天然海水珍珠 配 鑽石 耳墜一對, 19世紀


Each of foliate motifs, set with old-cut diamonds and pearls, to a drop-shaped pearl measuring approximately 6.95 - 8.65 x 15.60 and 6.70 - 8.20 x 15.70mm, post and sprung back fittings.

Sprung back fitting stamped 750 for 18k yellow gold. Earrings set in silver and yellow gold. Diamonds are bright and lively. Drop-sgaped pearls are slightly grey each with blue and rose overtones, good lustre, under close inspection, there are some natural blemishes, scratches and internal fissues, not quite noticeable when worn. Smaller pearls on average of white body colour with rose and green overtones, good lustre, with drill through holes, overall in good condition. Signs of wear to metal commensurate with age. On one side of the pearl there are minor adhesive residues to the mount. Overall in very good condition.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption. Certificates of Authenticity: Various manufacturers may not issue certificates of authenticity upon request. Sotheby's is not under an obligation to furnish the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer at any time. Unless the requirements for a rescission of the sale under the Terms of Guarantee are satisfied, the failure of a manufacturer to issue a certificate will not constitute grounds to rescind the sale. Gemological Certificates and Reports: References in the catalogue descriptions to certificates or reports issued by gemological laboratories are provided only for the information of bidders, and Sotheby's does not guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, terms or information contained in such certificates or reports. Please also note that laboratories may differ in their assessment of a gemstone (including its origin and presence, type and extent of treatments) and their certificates or reports may contain different results. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Natural pearls have been used for adornment since prehistoric times. Throughout the ages, pearls possessed a divine quality due to their inherent smoothness and shiny lustre. They did not require further polishing or cutting to reveal their beauty, in contrast to other gemstones. A common poetical explanation on how pearls were formed since antiquity would state that the tears of angels fell into open shells during nights of full moon. Due to its beauty, natural pearls have always been an important part of royal collections, including noble jewels from varying cultures such as Europe, Middle East, Russia and India. These antique jewels set with natural pearls would have been prized possessions at the time.

從史前時代起,天然珍珠一直是人類喜愛的飾品。珍珠的天然圓滑質感與柔和光澤,賦予它純潔神聖的特質,美感雋永。天然珍珠不需拋光或切割加工,已能盡現本身的美態,與其他需要加工的寶石截然不同。坊間流傳著一個充滿詩意的故事,解釋自古以來地球上的珍珠是怎樣形成的——據說,月滿之夜時,天使的淚珠落在敞開的珊瑚殼中,形成了珍珠。天然珍珠清麗脫俗、高貴典雅,一直是皇室的重要收藏,可見於歐洲、中東、俄羅斯和印度等不同文化地域的貴族珠寶首飾。這些鑲有天然珍珠的古董珠寶,是昔日備受世人青睞的珍貴財產。

Potential bidders who intend to export this lot are advised that certain permits may be required for export. If you are interested in this lot, please contact the Jewellery Department before bidding.

 

Please note that the smaller pearls have not been tested for natural origin.

Accompanied by SSEF report no. 61332, dated 28 November 2011, stating that the two pearls are saltwater natural pearls, with no indications of artificial colour modification.