Sale 451 Lot 90
* A Victorian Silver Topped Gold and Diamond Convertible Tiara/Necklace,
consisting of a openwork link section which serves as both the tiara and necklace centerpiece, the section composed of graduated peaks punctuated with scrollwork and collet settings, extending to a back chain of later addition, the components containing numerous old mine cut diamonds weighing approximately 16.50 carats total, together with the yellow gold tiara frame.
Accompanied by a leather bound case signed Edward Tessier.
The Tessier family, a multi-generational member of London's jewellery elite, were well known for their exquisite work during the 19th and early 20th century. They excelled at the complex design and crafting of convertible jewelry such as the present lot, providing options for every important occasion. Perhaps most notably, they were commissioned to produce a magnificent graduated diamond necklace for Queen Mary.
Estimate $ 12,000-18,000
Property from the Estate of Wendy Edmonds, Naples, Florida
The center portion measures approximately 8.25 inches long and approximately 1.25 inches at it's widest point. When attached to the necklace portions, the piece measures approximately 15.75 inches in length.
The tiara mounting screws appear to function normally and there does not appear to be any noticeable damage to the piece, overall.
Diamond characteristics: ( graded in setting) larger of the diamonds
Color: I-J-K (center stone an approximate L/M in color)
Cut: Old mine and old European cut diamonds
Condition: Scattered superficial scratches and abrasions to facet junctions can be seen inder 10x magnification. Multiple minor chips and nicks to diamonds can be seen under 10x magnification.
Cut: Old mine cut diamonds
Condition: Scattered abrasions to facet junctions and monor chips can be seen under 10x magnification.