I own a graduated three strand natural (GIA certified) pearl necklace which I acquired from my aunt. She was given the necklace as a gift from a member of the royal family of Kuwait while on a political visit to the region. There are a total of 351 pearls (one cultured) which measure from 3.10mm to 8.95mm. I have priced having the piece recreated today and was told that it would be well into the six figure price range since the pearls are almost perfectly round and matched. The dilema I have right now is that I sent the images to christies in Hong Kong, along with the GIA report via e-mail. I was told that based on the images, the auction estimate would be anywhere from $100,000-$300,000 US dollars.
Naturally, they told me that they would have to see them to give an absolute. I sent them. Shortly after, I received a reply with a lowered estimate. The reason they gave me was that they were too yellow. Everyone else I have shown them to, including Tiffany's and my appraiser, has said they are amazing. They are cream with a hint of gold. It makes me wonder if they understand that Bahrainian pearls are normally yellowish or if they are comparing them with naturals from other parts. Can you give me some peace of mind on this. I appreciate any information.