List of Pearls/Pearl Jewelry/Pearl Settings that Performed Exceptionally Well at Public Auctions Arranged in Chronological Order of their Sale

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In this webpage we have published an important table listing famous pearls/pearl jewelry/pearl settings that performed exceptionally well at public auctions, arranged in chronological order of their sale, begining with the Mancini drop-shaped pearl ear-pendants that sold at Christie's New York in October 1979 and ending with the Seven-Strand Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace, that sold for a staggering US$ 9,081,662 at Christie's Geneva in November 2013.

Important information that could be derived from this table are also given below the table.

 

List of Pearls/Pearl Jewelry/Pearl Settings that Performed Exceptionally Well at Public Auctions Arranged in Chronological Order of their Sale

S/N Name of pearl/pearl jewelry Probable period of origin

weight/no. of rows/no of pearls etc.

Date of auction Price realized
1 Mancini pearls -drop shape pearl pendants 1500-1600 400 grains Christie's New York Oct.1979 USD 253,000
2 Mona Bismarck 2-strand pearl necklace 1920-1930 Double-strand of 70 pearls Sotheby's Geneva May 1986 USD 410,000
3 Empress Eugenie tiara 1853 212 pearls, 2,520 grains Sold to Friends of Louvre Society Nov 1992 by privately negotiated sale USD 650,000
4 Nina Dyer black pearl necklace 1950s Three-strand/151 natural black pearls Christie's Geneva Nov 1997 USD 913,320
5 Barbara Hutton pearl necklace 1600-1666 Single-Strand/44 natural pearls/ total weight of 1,816.68 grains Christie's Geneva, May 1992

Christie's Geneva, Nov 1999

USD 580,000

USD 1,470,000

6 Double-strand natural pearl necklace by Cartier Historical provenance not revealed Two-strand necklace with 88 natural pearls Christie's Geneva, Nov 2004 USD 3,100,000
7 La Regente 1811 302.68 grains

Christie's Geneva,Nov 2005

USD 2,483,968
8 Princess Margaret's Five-row Art Deco Pearl and Diamond Necklace 1948 Five-Strand Necklace, Made up of 319 natural pearls Christie's London, June 2006

USD 509,312

9 Gulf pearl parure designed by Harry Winston 1932-1978 Consisting of a 4-rowed pearl and diamond necklace; 3-rowed pearl and diamond bracelet; a pair of pearl and diamond ear-pendants and a pearl and diamond cluster ring Christie's Geneva Nov 2006 USD 4,100,000
10 Baroda pearl necklace 1856-1870 Double-strand with 68 natural pearls from the original 7-strand necklace Christie's New York April 2007 USD 7,096,000
11 Duchess of Windsor pearl necklace 1910-1936 Single-strand of 28 natural pearls. Total weight 1266.33 grains Sotheby's Geneva April 1987

Sotheby's New York Dec 2007

USD 733,333

USD 3,625,000

12 Yellow to Pinkish Orange Near-Spherical Nacreous Pearl Second largest freshwater pearl. 60.36-carats/ 241.44-grains Christie's Dubai, April 2008

USD 713,000,

13 Umm Kulthum pearl necklace 1880 nine-strand pearl necklace with 1,888 pearls Christie's Dubai, April 2008 USD 1,390,000
14 A superb four-row natural pearl and diamond necklace 19th-century Made up of 219 natural saltwater pearls Christie's Dubai, April 2008 USD 1,743,400
15 Pearl necklace from an unidentified notable collection Historical provenance not revealed Single-strand necklace with 41 natural pearls Sotheby's Geneva, Nov 2008 USD 1,321,110
16 Multi-strand pearl and diamond festoon necklace of unknown provenance Historical provenance not revealed Nine-strand pearl and diamond festoon necklace. Length 645mm to 1060mm Sotheby's Geneva, Nov 2008 USD 946,610
17 Pearl Carpet of Baroda 1860 Encrusted with 1.5-2.0 million natural seed pearls. Other encrusted jewels include diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires Sotheby's Arts of the Islamic World Auction, Doha, Qatar, March 2009 USD 5,500,000
18 Emperor, Yongzheng's (Yinzhen) Ceremonial Eastern Pearl Court Necklace 1722-1735 Single-Strand necklace, made up of 108 freshwater eastern pearls Sotheby's Hong Kong, April 8, 2010 USD 8,700,000
19 La Peregrina Pearl and Necklace designed by Cartier 1513 Double-Strand pearl necklace, also incorporating rubies and diamonds. Weight of La Peregrina alone 203.84 grains

Sotheby's London 1969

Christie's New York Dec 2011

USD 37,000

USD 11,000,000

20 Five-strand Natural Pearl Necklace Made up of 349 saltwater natural pearls. range - 4.10-11.35 mm Christie's New York, April 2012 USD 1,672,900
21 Cowdray Pearl Necklace Single row of 38 graduated natural grey pearls Christie's London, June 2012

USD 3,353,700

22 Double-strand Natural Pearl Necklace by Cartier Made up of 120 pearls. Range - 6.50-12.25 mm Christie's New York, Oct. 2012 USD 3,660,000
23 Three-strand Natural Pearl Necklace Made up of 180 natural pearls ranging in size from 4.95-11.05 mm Christie's New York, April 2013 USD 1,131,750
24 Very Fine Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace by Chaumet Three-Strand graduated natural pearl necklace. Pearls range in size 4.6-9.9 mm Sotheby's Geneva, May 2013

USD 1,198,277

25 Gina Lollobrigida's natural, drop-shaped pearl and diamond ear-pendants Originally from the collection of House of Habsburg Dimensions of the pearls 15.6x12.1x24.9 mm 15.9x13.8x23.3 mm Sotheby's Geneva, May 2013 USD 2,391,322
26 A Single-row Natural Pearl, Emerald and Diamond Necklace Made up of 23 slightly graduated natural pearls. Range - 10.4-13.7 mm Christie's Geneva, May 2013 USD 8,460,675
27 Seven-strand Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace Probably 19th or early 20th Century 614 natural saltwater pearls

Christie's Geneva, Nov 2013

USD 9,081,662


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Information that can be derived from the above table

1) The La Peregrina Pearl and double-strand pearl necklace by Cartier from Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection that sold for US$ 11,000,000 at Christie's New York in December 2011, is the most expensive piece of natural pearl jewelry and natural pearl necklace in the world as well as the most expensive double-strand pearl necklace in the world.

2) The Seven-Strand Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace, the subject of this webpage, is the second most expensive natural pearl necklace in the world, selling for US$ 9,081,662 at Christie's Geneva in November 2013. This necklace is also the most expensive multistrand natural pearl necklace in the world.

3) Emperor, Yongzheng's (Yinzhen) Single-Strand Ceremonial Eastern Pearl Court Necklace, made up of 108 freshwater eastern pearls that sold for US$ 8,700,000 at Sotheby's Hong Kong, in April 2010 is the 3rd most expensive natural pearl necklace in the world. It is also the most expensive natural freshwater pearl necklace in the world and also the most expensive single-strand natural pearl necklace in the world.

4) A Single-Strand Natural Pearl, Emerald and Diamond Necklace of unknown provenance, made up of 23 slightly graduated natural pearls, with a range in size of 10.4-13.7 mm that sold for US$ 8,460,675 at Christie's Geneva, in May 2013 is the 4th most expensive natural pearl necklace in the world. It is also the 2nd most expensive single-strand natural pearl necklace in the world, and the most expensive single-strand saltwater natural pearl necklace in the world.

5) The Double-Strand Baroda Pearl Necklace that sold for US$ 7,096,000 at Christie's New York in April 2007, is the 5th most expensive natural pearl necklace in the world, and the 2nd most expensive double-strand natural pearl necklace in the world.

6) Double-strand Natural Pearl Necklace by Cartier, made up of 120 pearls with range in size of 6.50-12.25 mm that sold for USD 3,660,000 at Christie's New York in October 2012, is the 6th most expensive natural pearl necklace in the world, and the 3rd most expensive double-strand natural pearl necklace in the world.

7) Single-Strand Duchess of Windsor Natural Pearl Necklace made of 28 natural pearls that sold for US$ 3,625,000 at Sotheby's New York in Dec 2007, is the 7th most expensive pearl necklace in the world. It is the 3rd most expensive single-strand natural pearl necklace in the world and the 2nd most expensive single-strand natural saltwater pearl necklace in the world.

8) The Single-Strand Cowdray Pearl Necklace made up of 38 graduated natural grey pearls that sold for US$ 3,353,700 is the 8th most expensive pearl necklace in the world; the 4th most expensive single-strand natural pearl necklace in the world; and the most expensive natural grey pearl necklace in the world.

9) Double-strand natural pearl necklace by Cartier of unknown historical provenance made up of 88 natural pearls that sold for US$ 3,100,000 at Christie's Geneva in November 2004, is the 9th most expensive pearl necklace in the world and the 4th most expensive double-strand natural pearl necklace in the world.

10) The most expensive natural pearl parure in the world is the Gulf pearl parure designed by Harry Winston that sold for US$ 4,100,000 at Christie's Geneva in Nov 2006.

11) The most expensive special natural pearl setting in the world is the Pearl Carpet of Baroda made up of 1.5-2.0 million natural seed pearls that sold for US$ 5,500,000 at Sotheby's Arts of the Islamic World Auction, Doha, Qatar, in March 2009.

12) The most expensive natural, drop-shaped pearl and diamond ear-pendants that once belonged to popular Hollywood actress Gina Lollobrigida, and sold for US$ 2,391,322 at Sotheby's Geneva, May 2013, is the most expensive drop-shaped pearl and diamond ear-pendants in the world.

 

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