Jewels and Jadeite Hong Kong Friday, November 27, 2020 | Phillips

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    • One hundred and eighty-one round to oval-shaped natural pearls, measuring 4.20 mm to 8.75 mm

    • One oval cabochon emerald
      Half button-shaped pearls
      Old-cut diamonds

    • Shortest strand approximately 41.3 cm

    SSEF Report: 181 natural saltwater pearls


  • Catalogue Essay

    An Abundance of Charm

    Natural pearls have always been a prestigious symbol of wealth and status, with Ancient Greeks believing them to be the tears shed by Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

    Natural pearls are increasingly rare, and thus increasingly valuable. Their formation is a lucky occurrence, with each pearl taking years to form and requiring perfect conditions in which to do so. Statistically, only 1 in 10,000 wild oysters will yield a pearl and of those, only a tiny percentage ever achieve the size, shape and colour required to be used in jewellery.

    Perennially desirable, Jacqueline Kennedy famously said that ‘pearls are always appropriate’ while Coco Chanel stated that ‘a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls’.

    Lot 643, is comprised of 181 perfectly-graduated natural saltwater pearls of the most desirable cream white body colour. Ranging from 8.75 to 4.20 mm, each pearl displays an intense and uniform colour with rose and green overtones accentuating their extraordinary lustre.


A Fine Natural Pearl, Emerald and Diamond Necklace

Shortest strand approximately 41.3 cm

HK$2,200,000 - 3,200,000 

Contact Specialist

Charlene Lau 
Head of Department, Hong Kong, Jewellery +852 2318  2039

[email protected]


Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2020