Pair of Natural Drop Shaped Brownish Gray Pearls Sell for $3.3 Million

Natural Brownish Gray Pearl Drops

Natural Brownish Gray Pearl Drops

A pair of rare and exceptional natural pearls suspended from a platinum, silver and diamond brooch sold for $3.3 million today at Doyle New York. Shattering its conservative estimate of $100,000 to $200,000, the exquisite jewel features two drop-shaped slightly brownish gray pearls measuring approximately 12.90 to 12.95 x 23.85 mm. and 12.90 to 13.05 x 22.45 mm., with silver and rose-cut diamond-set caps, suspended from a looped ribbon set with 23 old-mind cut diamonds weighing approximately 2.00 carats.

The impressive pearls were accompanied by a note that mentions the ‘History of Empress Eugenie’s Black Pearls & Necklace Brought to this country by George Crocker.’ Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon the III, sold her magnificent collection of jewelry at auction in 1887 after the fall of the their regime. The historic auction of the French Crown Jewels took place in the Louvre and lasted twelve days, after which Tiffany & Co. proved to be the largest purchaser at the sale and bought almost a third of the crown jewels.

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