An elegant natural pearl and diamond necklace, by Moussaieff. Estimate HK$24,000,000 – HK$35,000,000 ($3,000,000-4,500,000). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015.
The front designed as a series of natural white and cream button pearls measuring approximately 9.0 - 9.1 x 8.6 to 13.5 -13.6 x 10.9 mm, alternating with marquise-cut diamonds, suspending a fringe of white and cream natural pearl drops measuring approximately 8.8 - 8.9 x 11.7 to 11.1 - 11.2 x 15.0 mm and marquise-cut diamond trefoils, each joined by brilliant-cut diamonds, to the marquise and brilliant-cut diamond backchain and floral clasp, mounted in platinum and 18k white gold, 39.4 cm long, in beige suede Moussaieff case; Signed Moussaieff
Accompanied by premium report no. 79822 dated 10 April 2015 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the analysed properties confirm the authenticity of these thirteen saltwater natural pearls; also accompanied by an appendix stating that the natural pearl necklace possesses extraordinary characteristics and merits special mention and appreciation. The colour of these natural pearls subtly ranges from white to slightly cream, partly with distinct rosé and greenish overtones, poetically also referred to as the 'orient of pearls'. Such overtones are due to an iridescence effect caused on the surface of pearls and greatly contribute to the beauty of these pearls. The combination of well-balanced trace elements found in these natural pearls are characteristics for saltwater pearls. Assembling a matching selection of natural pearls of this size and quality is very rare and exceptional and therefore this pearl necklace can be considered a true treasure of nature.
Twenty reports dated from 13 February 2006 to 26 January 2015 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the marquise and brilliant-cut diamonds weighing from 5.75 to 0.32 carat range from D to E colour, internally flawless clarity
Please note that one certificate is more than 3 years old and seven certificates are more than 5 years old and might require an update
Christie's. HONG KONG MAGNIFICENT JEWELS, 2 June 2015, Hong Kong