Lot 2079. An exceptional natural pearl and diamond necklace, by Paspaley. Estimate HKD 9,500,000 - HKD 14,000,000 (USD 1,200,000-1,800,000)Price realised HKD 16,140,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The three-strand necklace composed of two hundred thirty-seven natural pearls, measuring approximately 6.05 to 12.55 mm, gathered by a button-shaped natural pearl, measuring approximately 13.10 - 13.35 x 8.90 mm, within a circular-cut diamond surround, extending to the similarly-cut diamond links, terminating in two natural pearl drops, measuring approximately 7.85 - 7.90 x 9.80 and 8.35 - 8.40 x 9.70 mm, mounted in gold, 74.0 cm (length adjustable), in blue Paspaley case. Signed and with maker's mark for Paspaley

Accompanied by premium report no. 91020 dated 17 March 2017 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the analysed properties confirm the authenticity of these two hundred forty saltwater natural pearls; also accompanied by an appendix stating that the natural pearl necklace possess extraordinary characteristics and merits special mention and appreciation. The described necklace consists of 237 natural pearls of partly remarkable size, which are strung on three regularly graduated strands. The colour of these natural pearls ranges from white to slightly cream, partly with attractive rosé and green 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 their beauty. Assembling a matching selection of natural pearls of this size and quality is rare and exceptional






Christie'sHong Kong Magnificent Jewels, 30 May 2017, Convention Hall