A natural pearl and diamond necklace and earrings. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2012
Of graduated design, the old-cut diamond scrolling motifs interspersed with similarly-set foliate panels and diamond single stone and natural pearl highlights, suspending three natural pearl drops with diamond-set cusp surmounts, to the diamond line back chain; together with matching natural pearl and diamond ear pendants, circa 1950 with 19th century elements, 47.1cm long, central panel detachable to form a brooch, fitted case by Wm Hawkes & Son, SW3. Price Realized £67,250
Accompanied by report no.06809 dated 1 December 2012 from The Gem & Pearl Laboratory, London, stating the three drop shaped pearls to the necklace and two drop shaped pearls to the earrings are natural, saltwater, remaining button shaped pearls to necklace not tested (3)
Provenance: Formerly in the collection of the 1st Marchioness Conyngham and thence by descent
Notes: This necklace was created from an antique stomacher, originally ensuite with the tiara, made to be worn at the coronation in 1953.
Christie's. Important Jewels. 12 December 2012. London, King Street