Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Antique Kunzite, Pearl, Diamond, Platinum, Gold Necklace, Tiffany & Co.
    The necklace features a pear-shaped kunzite measuring 14.20 x 9.70 x 8.22 mm and weighing approximately 7.20 carats, enhanced by round-cut kunzites weighing a total of approximately 18.55 carats, accented by pearls, complimented by European, mine and rose-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.75 carat, set in 18k gold, marked Tiffany & Co. Gross weight 32.70 grams.
    Length: 21 inches

    Property of a San Diego, CA Lady

    George Kunz was Tiffany & Co.'s most famous and influential gemologist at the turn of the 20th century. In 1902, he received an unusual pink crystal with a lilac cast that had been discovered in an abandoned mine at California's Pala Mountain. Kunz knew that he was looking at a mineral thought by most mineralogists to be extinct. Based on many characteristics, including the ability to store light and glow in the dark, Kunz identified the mineral as spodumene, later named kunzite, in his honor.

    According to the consignor, this lovely necklace was a gift to her great grandmother on her wedding day in 1906, and it has come to her by descent.

    For a matching brooch see Artistic Luxury: Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique, Harrison, Ducamp, Falino, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2008.

    Condition Report*: Designer: Tiffany & Co.
    Diamond Average Color: G-H-I
    Diamond Average Clarity: SI
    Diamond Shapes: European-cut, Mine-cut, Rose-cut
    Diamond Count: 26 - 50
    Gem Type: Kunzite
    Gem Average Clarity: Fine
    Gem Shape: Pear-shaped, Round-cut
    Gem Count: 1 - 25
    Overall Condition: Very Good
    Pearl Surface: Smooth
    Pearl Shape: Near Round
    Pearl Color: White
    Pearl Overtone: Green
    Pearl Luster: Good
    Pearl Count: 5
    Pearl Size: 6.00 mm to 6.50 mm
    Notes: Accompanied by original box. Stamped "TIFFANY & CO." at back of pear-shaped pendant. Pearls not tested for origin. In addition to the near-round pearls are two drop-shaped pearls. Necklace has a few small lead solder repairs.
    Tiffany & Co.: Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902) founded the firm that bears his name in 1837. The boutique style business retailed stationery, silver, jewelry and objects d'art. With the growth of their jewelry interests, Tiffany soared. The company is credited with revolutionizing the jewelry industry by the invention of the open six-prong diamond setting. By 1907, the son of the founder, Louis Comfort Tiffany, rose to international attention for his profusion of the arts: painting, art glass and jewelry. As Tiffany & Company expanded, they offered select designers the ability to sign their pieces designed for the Tiffany & Co. brand; such as in 1955 Donald Claflin and Jean Schlumberger, in 1967 Angela Cummings, later Elsa Peretti in 1974 and most recently Paloma Picasso in 1980.

    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2014
    9th-10th Tuesday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,564

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold on Dec 9, 2014 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976 receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search