A magnificent diamond foliate fringe necklace, circa 1955, by Van Cleef & ArpelsEstimate $1,200,000 - $1,500,000. Price Realized $1,553,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2007

Designed as a line of brilliant-cut diamonds suspending a foliate fringe of graduated marquise-cut diamonds, circa 1955, 36.3 cm long. Signed VCA NY, No. 26017 

Accompanied by report No. 16291149 dated 14 September 2007 from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) stating that the marquise-cut diamond weighing 4.89 carats is D colour, VS2 clarity

Accompanied by report No. 16291141 dated 13 September 2007 from the GIA stating that the marquise-cut diamond weighing 4.05 carats is D colour, VS1 clarity

The range of 13 well matched marquise-cut diamonds in this necklace are of unusually fine quality. The remaining 11 diamonds are currently pending results from the GIA and are likely to reflect the quality of the two stones that have already been graded.

Please refer to the department for the report details of all 13 diamonds.

Provenance: Formerly the property of a member of Barbara Hutton's family 

Christie's. CONTEMPORARY JEWELS AND WATCHES, 1 November 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel