Record-Setting Natural Saltwater Pearl to Auction



–Prior Record Holder Sold for Over $1.3 Million Dollars

On December 7, 2014, Rago Auctions will auction the largest near-round
natural saltwater pearl discovered to date.

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About the Putilov Pearl Brooch

GIA Pearl Identification Report #2165503254 describes the Putilov pearl as
a drilled natural saltwater pearl of the Pinctada species of oyster measuring
19.08 x 18.88 x 16.50mm. with no indication of treatment; near-round; white
body color; orient overtone. The pearl is full-drilled with nacreous plugs, one
now detached.

The 19th century oval brooch onto which the pearl is set measures 2″ x 1
5/8″. It is framed by 16 near colorless old mine cut diamonds, approximately 28
carats total weight, in cutback collets, and by numerous smaller rose cut
diamonds set in silver topped gold. Detachable pin findings orient either
horizontally or vertically. The frame bears the unrecognized scratched marks
KAM and N677. It weighs 19.7 pennyweights.

History of the Putilov Pearl Brooch/Origin of the Name

Alexei Putilov, a Russian financier and industrialist, brought the brooch
from Russia to Paris in the spring of 1918. Putilov had been a powerful man in
Russia prior to the Revolution. His family founded the Putilov Metal Works
Company. He resumed his banking career in Paris under a Gallicized name.

The consignor is the great grandchild of Putilov.

The Prior Record Holder

The near-round natural saltwater pearl that was the largest on record, and
now holds the title of second largest, sold at the British auction house of
Woolley & Wallis on May 1st, 2014 for GBP811,000 (US $1,368,075). The lab report,
from SSEF, Switzerland, states that the pearl measures 17.44 x 16.51mm.; weighs
33.147cts. (132.59 grains); is roundish; half-drilled; white; and a natural
saltwater pearl.

The product of this pearl’s longest and shortest diameter is 287.93 mm.

The product of the Putilov Pearl’s longest and shortest diameter is 314.82
mm. squared – approx. 8% larger than that of the pearl which sold at Woolley
and Wallis.

A Prize for Serious Bidders

Rago is asking a $100,000 hold from any party interested in bidding. For
more information, to set an appointment or sign up to bid, please contact Sarah
Churgin at +1.609.397.9374 or

Catalogue online at as of November 17, 2014.

SOURCE: Rago Arts & Auction House


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2014年12月7日、Rago Auctionsはこれまで発見された中で最も大きい、ほぼ球形の天然海水真珠を競売にかける。
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▽プチーロフ・パールブローチ(Putilov Pearl Brooch)について

この真珠を据えた19世紀のオーバルブローチは2×1 5/8インチある。ほぼ無色のオールドマインカット・ダイヤモンド16個、計約28カラットがカットバック・コレットを縁取り、数多くの小粒ローズカット・ダイヤがシルバートップのゴールドに据えられている。着脱できる付属のピンは上下左右に動かせる。フレームには「KAM」「N677」と読めるかき傷がある。重さは19.7ペニーウェート(約30グラム)。



これまで最大のニアラウンド天然海水真珠は、いまや2番目に大きいものになったが、2014年5月1日、英Woolley & Wallis社の競売により81万1000ポンド(136万8075米ドル)で落札した。スイス宝石学会(SSEF)の報告は、このパールが17.44 ×16.51ミリのサイズで、重量は33.147カラット(132.59グレーン)、丸みを帯びて穴が半分開き、白色の天然海水真珠、としている。


プチーロフ・パール製品は最長・最短直径314.82ミリの角型で、Woolley and Wallisで売れたものより約8%大きい。

Ragoは入札に関心ある者に10万ドルの預託金を要求している。詳しい情報、入札の予約や登録はSarah Churgin(+1.609.397.9374、へ。

カタログは2014年11月17日以降、オンラインで から入手できる。

ソース:Rago Arts & Auction House