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  • 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.

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

Signed Cartier London

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

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

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019