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It was one of those jaw dropping moments………when the box opened and we all gasped. A humble country gentleman presented a pale green velvet box and apprehensively slid it across the desk.  The item had been in the family for many years, held by his mother who had passed away ten years earlier and it was now in his possession.

124The unassuming box, a twenty fifth wedding anniversary gift, presented on 25th April 1888, was opened to reveal a magnificent belle époque diamond pendant. Characteristic of the era, the pendant has a bow surmount suspending a garland style diamond drop.The most unique, rare and captivating feature of the pendant was the octahedral faceted diamond suspended in the centre of the garland.

A most difficult shape to calculate the weight of, ultimately estimated at 12.5carats. The pendant will be offered in our September Fine Jewellery auction.  The estimate is currently at $40,000-$60,000. What has been most interesting was the reported history of the piece, believed to have been owned originally by the late Benjamin Disraeli (former prime minister of England).  Current research is being conducted in the hope that Disraeli ownership can be conclusive.

Do you have a hidden treasure that you think might be suitable for auction? Contact us for an obligation free appraisal today:
Melbourne
03 9826 4333
julie.valk@leonardjoel.com.au

Sydney
02 9362 9045
robert.williams@leonardjoel.com.au

The Fine Jewellery Auction
Monday 15th June at 6pm

Location:
333 Malvern Road South Yarra VIC 3141

Enquiries:
Julie Valk
03 8825 5636
julie.valk@leonardjoel.com.au