The best of both worlds
OK, almost... the valuation of two pearl items in a current Christie's auction caught my attention - the two are exceptional South Sea and natural pearl necklaces. The striking different look of the peer items seems to tell a story all in itself: these guys are arguably not 'the best' of each kind (at least for the SS part there was mentioned), but the real-time 'race' should be fun. I am leaving to you to decide what would have been a better matched pair
Auction: IMPORTANT JEWELS, Sale 1343, 21 Feb 2007, St. Moritz
The two items are:
Lot No. 0049: 'A SOUTH SEA CULTURED PEARL NECKLACE'
Estimate: 75,000 - 100,000 Swiss francs
Special Notice: This lot is offered without reserve.
Lot Description: Comprising twenty-three graduated South Sea cultured pearls measuring from 20.0 to 16.0 mm to the polished 18k white gold ball clasp with brilliant-cut diamond detail, 45.0 cm long
Lot No. 0193: 'A TWO-ROW NATURAL PEARL NECKLACE'
Estimate: 80,000 - 100,000 Swiss francs
Lot Description: Comprising 192 and 183 natural pearls and one cultured pearl measuring from 7.6 to 4.8 mm to the cushion-shaped ruby and sapphire, old-cut diamond and seed pearl clasp, shorter row 103.5 cm long, longer row 111.0 cm long. Accompanied by report no. 46806 dated 29 June 2006 from the SSEF Swiss Gemological Institute stating that 395 pearls are natural saltwater pearls and that one pearl is a cultured saltwater pearl.
Last edited by Valeria101; 02-06-2007 at 01:54 AM.
HUMMMM, how interesting. I'd have to favor the natural pearls, even though I love large pearls. Somehow I have the impression naturals are more rare. It even has that "poison pearl" with 1 cultured pearl on it.
I find that much more romantic.
"Choosing? In a perfect alien world"
Great minds think alike, Valeria! I too would take that almost 60ct natural baroque pendant over either of the pieces mentioned above!
(The deco multi-strand natural pearl necklace with tutti frutti acoutrements aint bad either...aah, it's fun to dream!
Anyway, the buyers voted with the wallet and results are in: Cultured South Sea? Unsold; Rope of small naturals? 78k (lower third of estimate range), Large natural drop? 156k (nearly twice the high estimate).
It would be nice to look for 'statistics' over a couple years worth of such results and away from the most publicized auctions, but that... it would be quite some research task. Anyone interested?
I find it easier to look through the Sotheby's results than the Christies results for this type of research...click the "What's it Worth" link on the Sothebys home page (www.sothebys.com), then select item 2 "Sold Lot Archive". It gives you a very useful search page. If you choose to order the results by auction date (most recent first), the lots with photographs come up first.
Originally Posted by Valeria101
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