Courtesy Doyle New York
A pair of rare and exceptional natural pearls sold for $3,301,000 at a Doyle New York auction, setting a world record for natural pearls at auction.
The large drop-shape pearls are slightly brownish gray and are mounted in diamond and silver caps, which are set on a platinum and diamond pendant.
A Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF) report states that they are natural saltwater pearls with no indications of artificial color modification. The report puts the weights at 104 and 100 grains.
An accompanying letter from the SSEF also states: “Assembling a matching pair of natural pearls of this size and quality is very rare and exceptional, and thus this pair of pearls can be considered a very exceptional treasure of nature.”