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Exquisite antique natural pearl necklace with diamond set clasp, circa 1910
Pearls have always been among the most sought-after materials in the world of jewelry. Before the invention of pearl farming, their value was only comparable to the four great gemstones ruby, emerald, diamond and sapphire (in order of former importance). Many stories and legends surround their creation and the magical powers that were attributed to them. This necklace consists of completely naturally grown, i.e. genuine Oriental pearls, which were created without human intervention. The rarity and preciousness of these treasures of the sea cannot be compared with cultured pearls. The beautiful necklace consists of a strand of delicate pearls that grow larger towards the center and are knotted. Jewellery made from natural pearls is more rare and precious today than ever before, as the numbers of the delicate shells that produce these small pearls have been severely depleted. The lock of this necklace is made of high-carat gold overlaid with platinum and shows the typical design language of the early 20th century. Five diamonds in historic cuts set the clasp and add bright highlights. An external appraisal confirms the authenticity of the pearls. The necklace has been preserved in its original box and is a wonderful genuine pearl jewelry of the kind that is becoming increasingly rare today.
Did you know that until just a few decades ago, pearl diving was the main source of income for the countries that are now part of the United Arab Emirates? Almost nowhere in the world are natural pearls of jewellery quality found in comparable beauty than off the coasts of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Since ancient times, these treasures from the sea have been prized with gold, because genuine pearls from the Persian Gulf have always been extremely rare and precious. It was not until the 1920s, when it became possible to cultivate cultured pearls in Japan, that larger sections of the population were able to afford pearl jewellery - but this was made from cultured pearls. The genuine Oriental pearl remained and still remains a treasure. Today, the art of pearl diving is largely lost in the Emirates, because the oil that has been produced there since the 1960s is far more lucrative.
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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.