Pearl surprises from the 1960s and 1970s
3. We expect edgy and abstract design from British jewelry designer Andrew Grima, and the Grima pearl necklace included in this sale lives up to expectations. It’s surprisingly one of the few necklaces that didn’t sell in this auction. His work is eminently collectible. Perhaps it was snapped up afterwards following a bit of negotiation, as sometimes happens.
Cultured pearl and diamond necklace, Grima, 1970s
Estimate 3,500—4,500 GBP
Designed as a line of cultured pearls to a clasp of abstract design set with cultured pearls, single- and brilliant-cut diamonds, inner circumference approximately 800mm, signed Grima, British hallmark and maker’s mark.
4. I have a sneaky liking for this pearl and diamond necklace despite the 1980s-type twisted gold rope touches, which are not my favourite thing. In fact I never saw any evidence of these design elements in the 1970s. I missed them somehow. But, back to this piece, which has three strands of marvellous pearls and the very cutest pearl tassel, with little diamond-studded gold beads (see the detail image below) suspended from it.
Cultured pearl and diamond necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1970s
Estimate 9,500—14,000 GBP LOT SOLD.52,500 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
The necklace is composed of three strands of cultured pearls, connected at the sides and front by oval links of twisted design set with brilliant-cut diamonds, the central motif suspending a tassel pendant of cultured pearls and diamond-set drops, length approximately 655mm, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered, French maker’s mark, pouch stamped Van Cleef & Arpels.
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