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Belle Époque Natural Pearl Drop and Diamond Lavalier Necklace

This German platinum lavalier necklace set with diamonds and a natural pearl dates from circa 1910. It is designed as a narrow, criss-crossing ribbon of rose, old single-cut, and old European-cut diamonds suspending a stylized bud and silver-toned natural pearl drop, the finely articulated platinum mount with millegrain accents and engraved edges. This delicate diamond ribbon suspending an exquisite and rare natural pearl epitomizes careless and casual elegance.

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Item #: N-20913
Artist: C. Heisler, Court Jeweler, Mannheim
Country: Germany
Circa: 1910
Materials: 294 rose cut, old single, and old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 3.00 carats, I/J color and SI clarity); 1 natural pearl; Platinum and 18K gold; Original fitted and signed velvet box

Great natural pearls have a luster characterized by velvety softness and silky sheen. In contrast to that of cultured pearls, natural pearls' special phenomenon derives partly from the depth of the layers of conchiolin and aragonite that surround the tiny nucleus, and the way these deep brickwork layers of alternating mineral and organic materials interact with light, creating crisp reflections, effulgence, and iridescence.