Bringing together a stunning array of only the highest quality stones, including a monumental and incredibly rare 38.00-carat Golconda diamond at its center, this necklace was designed by Jacques Timey for Harry Winston, and it once belonged to the heiress Christina Onassis. A legend in the jewelry industry, Winston's specialty is diamonds, and this necklace represents the firm's impeccable eye for these coveted stones. Here, Timey perfectly marries a timeless aesthetic with the stunning brilliance for which Harry Winston creations are renowned. The resulting necklace, including 20.00-25.00 total carats of additional diamonds of G color and VS clarity, is absolutely dazzling from every direction. Set in platinum and 18K white gold.
The central pear-shaped diamond in this incredible necklace can be counted among the finest diamonds available on the market today. It is certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) as being both D color and Type IIa, meaning it lacks any trace of nitrogen. Nitrogen is the element that gives diamonds color, making this gem entirely colorless and a full two shades whiter than the whitest D-color diamond. This gem is among the brightest and whitest of all known diamonds. It also displays VVS1 clarity, meaning its remarkable color is virtually unmarred by any imperfection.
Known as the “Ultimate Diamond,” Golconda diamonds are the purest of all diamonds, possessing a level of clarity, purity and transparency unrivaled by any other stone. They are universally accepted as the finest diamonds in the world; the diamond in this necklace shares all their best qualities. To find a stone of this quality weighing over a few carats is a rarity, but to find one weighing 38.00 carats — especially in a design by the great Harry Winston — is truly once in a lifetime.
Also dazzling in provenance, this necklace was once owned by the businesswoman, socialite and heiress, Christina Onassis. It was a gift from her father, Aristotle Onassis, husband to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who Harry Winston also designed for. Born into a world of wealth and style, Christina was known for her extravagant collection of haute couture jewels, and this necklace stood as one of its highlights.
The house of Harry Winston is celebrated for its dramatic, unique designs. One of the most respected names in luxury jewelry, this legendary jeweler — known today as the "King of Diamonds" — first opened shop in 1932 and continues to create spectacular designs for celebrities and discerning clients worldwide. Harry Winston's client list has included royalty and celebrities from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe to Elizabeth Taylor, and his designs conjure images of glamour and quality unmatched by any other company.
Stamped with French assay marks for platinum and 18K white gold and with maker's mark for Jacques Timey
Cf. Laurence Krashes, Harry Winston, The Ultimate Jeweler
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