Hancocks London set to showcase rare jewels at Masterpiece London

Countess of Rosse necklace and earrings Hancocks London

Independent Mayfair-based jewellery retailer Hancocks London has announced it will showcase a range of fine jewellery fetching up to £375,000 at the Masterpiece London Fair.

Masterpiece London is the city’s premier showcase for art and antiques, with millions of pounds worth of work on sale. It is regarded as the “most chic of art fairs”, attracting buyers and collectors all around the world.

At its stand (C25), one of the key pieces Hancocks London will be showcasing is a Victorian ruby, pink sapphire and diamond adorned necklace with detachable drops. The 1870s necklace is valued at £375,000 and was formerly owned by the Countess of Rosse.

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The necklace comprises a series of 14 graduated oval and cushion shaped cluster motifs centered on a ruby or pink sapphire surrounded by a halo of old cut diamonds, each interspersed with two old cut diamonds either side of a ruby.  In total, 17 rubies and 16 pink sapphires – all of Burmese origin – weighing a combined total of 51.71 carats feature in the piece along with old cut diamonds weighing 20 carats.

The second notable piece of jewellery that will go on show at the Fair is a Magnificent Diamond Pendant by Black, Starr & Frost, circa 1910.  Set with a striking D colour 5.20cts old cut pear-shaped diamond, Hancocks director, Guy  Burton says: “It’s one of the most beautiful diamonds we have ever offered for sale.”

The third of Hancocks’ star lots is an iconic Van Cleef gold and diamond zip necklace, dating from the early 1950s. Regarded as an astonishing feat in jewellery-making, the zip necklace can be credited to the Duchess of Windsor.

Hancocks London will also showcase new pieces by fine jewellery designer Amy Burton, alongside two interesting pieces which add a ‘touch of Hollywood glamour’ to the Fair.

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