Lot 205. An antique diamond necklace. Estimate £30,000 - £40,000 ($49,050 - $65,400)Price Realized £205,250 ($335,584). © Christie's Image Ltd 2011.

Of kokoschnik design, the graduated old-cut diamond fringe to the collet line, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1890, 35.0cm long;  

Literature: Cf. Geoffrey Munn, 'Tiaras: Past and Present', V&A Publications, 2002, p.63, plate 44, for a tiara convertible to a necklace similar to the present lot.

Called a 'Russian Fringe', the highly successful design is said to have derived from Russian prototypes and were popular at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
Christie'sImportant Jewels , 8 June 2011, London, King Street