Mabe Pearl & Diamond Earrings, White South Sea Pearl Necklace, Black South Sea Pearl Necklace, Ottoman Ring with Mabe Pearl, Rubies, Emeralds & Diamonds
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The earrings in this photograph are the staples which I acquired to celebrate the publication of my New York and London Times best-selling biography Diana in Private.
The white South Sea pearl necklace consists of cultured pearls of a uniform size which are secured with a ball clasp set in 18 carat white gold and studded in diamonds.
The black South Sea pearl necklace consists of cultured pearls of a uniform size which are secured with a ball clasp set in 18 carat white gold and studded in diamonds.
The Ottoman ring is an antique consisting of a central stone of a white Mabe pearl of excellent quality surrounded by a thin band of red gold and curlicues of rubies, emeralds and diamonds set in oxidized 18 carat white gold.
"So that I could wear contrasting coloured pearls, I had my white, black and grey pearl necklaces graduated in size. Sometimes I wear only one necklace, but more usually I wear two or sometimes even three in any combination that complements what I am wearing. It's a great way to get a look with oomph while remaining tasteful and ladylike.
"Pearls, I have discovered, are extremely flattering and easy-to-wear, and with the passage of the years I have found myself wearing them more and more. The trick is to wear them with such élan that they don't look fuddy-duddy or old-fashioned. That calls for larger rather than smaller pearls, and more rather than less of them.
" I wear the Ottoman ring more than most other rings. In fact, I wear it so much that I tripped one day going down some stairs and scraped the pearl against a brick wall, slightly damaging it. Being mindful of the fact that an antique holds its value best when all its elements are contemporaneous (even when damaged), and moreover that anyone with a knowledge of pearls will know that the damage proves it is a pearl of fine quality, I have not have the stone replaced. Despite this, it remains a stunning piece. When worn with a South Sea necklace or necklaces, the look is so sumptuous that one almost feels like one of the Ottoman Sultans' wives. Yet the look, despite being chic and ladylike to the nth degree, brings with it welcome anonymity, for pearls are no longer associated with wealth the way they used to be, and only one's peers will realize that one is wearing a king's ransom in jewels as one zips around town."
A necklace consisting of white South Sea cultured pearls of a similar size and lustre finished off with an 18 carat white gold ball clasp studded in diamonds starts at £280,000.
A necklace consisting of black South Sea cultured pearls of a similar size and lustre finished off with an 18 carat white gold ball clasp studded in diamonds starts at £310,000.
The Ottoman ring set in oxidized 18 carat white gold with a central Mabe pearl of good quality and similar size ringed with red gold and surrounded with rubies, emeralds and diamonds starts at £30,000.
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