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Magnificent and historic platinum and diamond necklace, van cleef

About the item

The graduated line necklace supporting a flexible bib in the form of a sunburst, centered by an articulated round diamond weighing approximately 6.00 carats, set with 118 larger round diamonds weighing approximately 134.00 carats, accented by smaller round diamonds weighing approximately 27.00 carats, completed by baguette diamonds weighing approximately 50.00 carats, internal circumference 14 inches, with French assay and maker's marks; 1939.\nAccompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Van Cleef & Arpels. Please refer to the printed version of the catalogue, available in PDF format online, to view additional information on this lot.


Van Cleef and Arpels


In very good condition with overall surface wear to the mounting. The central, transitional-cut diamond is approximately H-I color, SI clarity. The balance of the round-, transitional-, old European-cut and baguette-cut diamonds are predominately G-I color with the occasional J color stone, and approximately VS-SI clarity. The necklace's construction is truly masterful. Its remarkable flexibility allows the necklace to conform to the neck and to distribute the weight of the diamonds making it surprisingly comfortable to wear. One of the links to the innermost line of baguettes is detached at one end; the link between the largest baguette at the necklace's center and the round-cut diamond below it is detached; and the link between the left side's uppermost line of scrolling baguettes has become detached from the scrolling round-cuts below. These detachments are not apparent when worn, do not affect the stability of the piece, and may be fixed with relative ease by a skilled jeweler. French workshop marks found on the exterior of the braided lines of round-cut diamonds at either side. French export marks (1912-1994) are found on the clasp's tongue and on the primary line of baguettes' gallery. No apparent numbering. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.


Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends by Vincent Meylan, pages 92-113. Van Cleef & Arpels by Sylvie Raulet, pages 26-28.


Formerly from the Collection of Queen Nazli Fouad, former Queen Mother of Egypt. Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York, Important Jewelry, November 20, 1975, lot 158.


Property To Be Sold for the Benefit of a Charitable Foundation

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.