This impressive suite comprises a collar, a bracelet and a pair of earrings, all in their original Hamilton & Inches fitted box.
The graduated necklace sits incredibly well on the neck and the subtle variety of hues (from white through various shades of grey, to black) seen in the South Seas and Tahitian cultured pearls means that different outfits would highlight different hues. The cultured pearls measure approximately 9.50 x 10.30mm to 16.20 x 16.40mm and are each in an individual, substantial 'cup' setting highlighted by round briliant-cut diamonds. The diamonds are estimated to weigh approximately 4.36cts in total. Length 46cm.
The bracelet is of the same design. The cultured pearls measure approximately 8.90 x 11.90mm to 13.65 x 13.65mm and are each in an individual, substantial 'cup' setting highlighted by round briliant-cut diamonds. The diamonds are estimated to weigh approximately 1.85cts in total.
The earrings are for pierced ears with post and clip fittings. The cultured pearls measure approximately 13.30 x 13.30mm and are each in an individual, substantial 'cup' setting highlighted by round briliant-cut diamonds. The diamonds are estimated to weigh approximately 0.49ct in total.
It is accompanied by a copy of the insurance valuation given to the current owner when they purchased the collar from Hamilton & Inches, Edinburgh, in 2003 stating the replacement value, at that time, and which requires updating, to be £62,200.
It is in very good condition showing only very light indications of wear.
"I'm holding you entirely responsible for my walking into lamposts as I will be too busy admiring my beautiful new ring!! Thank you - I absolutely love it. I am over the moon it all worked out and feel like the luckiest lady in the land."
"Clare, I wanted to thank you for all your great work in commissioning Peter's signet ring. I really appreciated the time you took to ensure that we got the correct crest and your advice and expertise on the style, size and fit was really very much appreciated. And all done in secret squirrel fashion so that it was a surprise for his birthday! As you know he's really delighted with the result. Thanks again."
"Clare is one of the most highly regarded and best known faces in the jewellery profession in Scotland. We've benefited from her expert advice over the years when acquiring key pieces - advice delivered with the utmost discretion and knowledge of the market. It's always a pleasure to work with Clare and enjoy her good humour, passion for jewellery and artistic flair."
"We were introduced to Clare after a lecture she gave in which her expert knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject was evident. We were so impressed by her we sought her assistance in sourcing a large, emerald cut diamond and suggested a budget. She took an appropriate amount of time and found exactly what we were after. This was the first of a variety of auction purchases Clare has assisted with, from £1,000 to several hundred thousand pounds. Clare's advice on quality, price and resale desirability has been exemplary."
"Clare recently came to the Royal Scots Club to do a talk on Famous Women Jewellery Collectors as part of our annual Afternoon Tea event. I had some wonderful feedback from the members who said how interesting the talk was and how much they enjoyed looking at all the dazzling images. Clare’s lecture was well thought out, she kept our members entertained and she was a pleasure to work with."
"I approached Clare to help with an old ring I had sitting in a box which had been damaged and rarely worn to enquire about the possibility of either repairing or selling it on. Clare was fantastic throughout the process and kept me fully informed via email. After I decided the best option was to sell it Clare put me in touch with an auction house in London where she knew we would get the best auction price and we certainly weren’t disappointed. I would definitely recommend Clare for any jewellery sales and hope to be back to her as a buying customer one day."
"I just wanted to write you a note to say how very much I adore the pendant and chain, it has really beaten all my expectations on how beautiful it could be. It was wasted as a ring! You’ve been an absolute pleasure to work with, and thank you for putting up with my tardy email replies and delayed phone calls. Thank you very much again."