An important, 19th-century emerald and seed-pearl necklace owned by the wife of the last Sikh ruler, the Lion of the Punjab, will be up for auction in Bonhams' New Bond Street Indian and Islamic sale.
The necklace is estimated to fetch between 25,000 and 35,000 British pounds (about $39,848 to $55,798).
The design features six polished emerald beads--one converted to a pendant--each gold-mounted and fringed with seed-pearl drop tassels and fastened with a gold clasp. The necklace comes with a fitted cloth-covered case, and the inside of the lid reads: "From the Collection of the Court of Lahore formed by HH The Maharajah Runjeet Singh and lastly worn by Her Highness The Late Maharanee Jeddan Kower."Story via National Jewelers. What a coincidence, I just designed a Emerald, purple sapphire and seed pearl necklace for my sister's wedding. Middle Stone: Faceted Oval Emerald, accompanied by 2 Purple Oval Sapphires, diamonds and seed pearls.