Pearls by Mikimoto
I like to keep an eye out on the latest pearl news and various auctions coming up as part of running Pure. So I was pleasantly pleased to learn that Christie's Auction House will be featuring a number of pearl jewelry items at this Spring's Magnificent Jewels Auction.
The pearl and diamond tiara featured above is making a star appearance. This STUNNING piece features Old Mine cut diamonds and 23 natural saltwater teardrop shaped pearls.
Created in the 19th Century by famed Austrian jewelers, Flach Mediansky & Paltscho, for H.S.H. the princess of Fürstenberg, née countess Irma of Schönborn Buchheim (1867-1948), this delicate and delectable tiara was designed to be convertible into 5 (!) different pieces.
The Furstenberg princesses attended numerous social functions throughout the year, and especially during the "Season" which occurred from New Year's through May and included events such as balls, dinners, operas, and private concerts (among many other occasions).
Close-up photo of the details on the Furstenberg tiara showcasing the smooth, lustrous quality of the pearls, and the diamond work. Notice the missing culets and very large table facets in the Old-Cut diamonds ... I bet those glimmer like stars in the candlelight. Photo courtesy of Christies
As I mentioned, this gorgeous tiara is convertible - there are actually five different ways to wear this dazzling headpiece.
When the princess Furstenberg wore the tiara for a portrait painted by Laszlo, she opted to replace the center pearl with an Emerald drop. Which, despite the sacrilege, does sound extremely striking.
Photo courtesy of Christies Auctions
The entire suite will be included in the sale, and includes the personal letter from the jewelers to the princess detailing the many ways that the tiara could be worn.
What an incredible piece of history to own ... and one that ensures the provenance of the tiara is intact and can never be questioned!
The extraordinary pearl and diamond tiara is set to debut on the auction block just the other day: May 11, 2022 ... I wonder who won? ;)
Till next time pearl lovers.
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