- Dec 26, 2005
I completely agree~very, very odd and purposely vague. Usually there is much more info in the listing.
It says on the Christie's auction:
" With report 78724 dated 3 March 2015 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating the analysed pr o p e rt ie s co nf i r m the au the nt ic i ty of the s e sa l tw a ter natural pearls." Again, though, it could be misinterpreted from the original report...
Christie's said:With report 78724 dated 3 March 2015 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating the analysed properties confirm the authenticity of these saltwater natural pearls. No indications of artificial colour modification (based on a sampling); accompanied by a supplemental appendix attesting to the rarity of this natural pearl necklace.
SSEF is a highly respected lab where natural pearls are concerned. Dr. Laurent E. Cartier, world-renowned pearl researcher, was almost certainly involved in examining these pearls. You can contact him and ask: firstname.lastname@example.org - or on the sustainable pearls website. I agree that the description is wacky, but I wouldn't jump to conclusions.
Dave would likely say that both these shells have been handled by man and therefore the pearls would be a by-product of culturing, but that is not what a laboratory would say.
GemGeek said:My thought is that these pearls have been hoarded by a big producer for many years until there were enough for the stunning necklace that was offered. They didn't want to say that a large producer of cultured pearls was offering a natural pearl necklace. That would ruin the mystique.
If no one else wants to contact Dr. Cartier, I will do it tomorrow. Please speak up if someone has already done so. Thanks for the info, Blaire.
Diamond info: With report 6127963527 dated 18 February 2011 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the cushion-cut diamond is D color, Internally Flawless clarity, approximately 3.03 ct with within an old European-cut diamond surround...."
(I'm concerned that the link to the listing will eventually be lost.)