A Very Fine Pair of Natural Pearl and Diamond Pendent Ear-clips, Cartier London

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    • Suspending two drop-shaped natural pearls, measuring approximately 11.25-11.30 x 14.25mm and 11.15-11.35 x 14.00mm

    • Two button-shaped natural pearls in the surmounts, measuring approximately 8.40-8.45 x 4.90mm and 8.35-8.40 x 4.90mm

    • Circular and baguette diamonds together approximately 1.00 carat

    • Platinum

    • Signed Cartier London

  • (Pearls)
    SSEF Report, numbered 106430, dated 15 April 2019, natural saltwater pearls, no indications of treatment.

    附 瑞士SSEF證書

  • With a signed box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ancient civilizations believe that pearls were formed by dew drops, where white pearls resulted from those in fair weather and coloured pearls from cloudier conditions. This poetic association with heaven and nature is probably the reason why pearls have always been deemed pure and luxurious by mankind, greatly sought-after by kings and emperors, and were used in veneration of gods and idols.
    The formation of natural pearls is a beautiful accident that occurred when an outside substance enters and settles within a mollusc, but humans invented methods to reproduce the condition required for a pearl to grow. The result is an exponential increase in the quantity of cultured pearls available in the market, which means that tradition natural pearls – pearls formed by chance in the wild without any human intervention – are exceedingly rare. Even before pollution took its toll on water quality, tens of thousands of molluscs would have to be gathered and opened to find even one pearl.
    A matching pair like these two natural white pearls that possess superb luster and a near-perfect shape is truly transcendent. Their classic beauty is glorified by an exquisite diamond-set mounting, displaying a regal flair comparable to heirloom jewels pass down in established families and magnificent suites of royal provenance.

  • Catalogue Essay

    古文明傳說光澤迷人的珍珠實際是由露水幻化而成的 – 白色的珍珠來自晴朗天空,而其他色澤的珍珠而則來自氤氳靉靆。如此富詩意的想像,讓上天和大自然賦予珍珠純潔高貴的特徵,有歷史以來廣為世人所推崇。這種寶石不但受到帝王的懇切追捧,在古代更是向天神禱告拜祭所用的器物。
    珍珠的形成本身是一個美麗的意外,當外物進入牡蠣後, 生物會以層層的分泌包裹它,最後成為大家所認知的珍珠。因為這種意外出現的機率非常低,所以人類就發明了人工養殖珍珠的分法,刻意製造「意外」。因此現今出現在市場上的大部分都是養殖珍珠,而非人工的天然珍珠也就顯得更加的難能可貴。海水的污染亦是另一個令天然珍珠越來越罕見的原因,但其實在海洋受到嚴重污染之前,想要尋到一顆珍珠就得先捕撈成千上萬的牡蠣。
    這對耳環上的兩顆純白的天然珍珠形狀幾近完美, 好比傳說中由上天而來的晶瑩甘露,光澤亮麗。如此經典的天然珍珠配上同樣典雅精緻的卡地亞鑽石鑲嵌,展現仿如皇室珠寶的氣派及韻味,亦是顯赫家族傳承珠寶中的典範。

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A Very Fine Pair of Natural Pearl and Diamond Pendent Ear-clips, Cartier London

天然海水珍珠配鑽石吊耳環一對, 倫敦卡地亞

Estimate
HK$2,800,000 - 3,200,000 
$350,000-400,000

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Contact Specialist
Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019