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Amber necklace with insect fossils could fetch up to £10,000

Andrea Divirgilio / April 17, 2013

Though creepy crawlies might not be the best accessory to have around oneself, but it seems the jewelry collectors wouldn’t mind having them fossilized around their necks. Up for grabs courtesy the Lawrence’s Fine Art Auctioneers in Somerset, UK, this amber necklace is known to have it’s origins in the La Toca mine in Dominican Republic, where each of the transparent gemstones aged over 40 million years. More so, each of them has it’s own bugs fossilized within them. From mosquitoes, ants, and spiders, each of the 40 gemstone lends a glimpse into the world’s pre-historic nature, and would perhaps justify the £10,000 ($15,298) expectant price tag for the auction.

Amber necklace with fossilized insects known to be 40 million years old

The amber pebble-stones are a variety of tree resins found in nature, where they take a very long time to form into a strong pebble, like the ones seen here on the necklace. Though 40 million years ago, each stone has trapped within itself a fly, spider, ant, bees, or even gnat, which can now be seen in a fossilized form. What this also means, is that each gemstone on this 40 stone necklace, can individually be studied to get a glimpse into earth’s natural history of that age. However, it is under a private collection at the moment, and those looking to catch a glimpse of it, perhaps would do well to head to Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. On April 23, 25, and 26 this year, the sale will see a new owner for this unique necklace.

Amber necklace with fossilized insects including spiders, flies, and ants

Also on sale by the Lawrence Auctioneers, is the Victorian diamond necklace, which is expected to bring in anything between £20,000 and £30,000 ($30,577 and $45,870). Known to be in the possession of Gladya Maud Lascelles, this necklace is known to sporting numerous brilliant and rose cut diamonds, from a multitude of shapes and sizes. It also manages to retain most of the original sparkle, which might make it a highly coveted piece of jewelry.

Victorian diamond necklace with rose and brilliant cut diamonds

If someone is in love with the rarest varieties of diamond, then there is also a 18K white gold ring for auction, which has a 1 carat pink diamond, with an expected price between £30,000 and £40,000 ($45,870 and $61,121) for it. Miranda Bingham, one of the specialists from the auction house says, that pink is one of the most sorted after when it comes to fancy colored diamonds. This should put the bids in high drive mode at the auction, and perhaps might even realize more than expected. However, we confess to not having forgotten the enormous size of the Mouawad diamond necklace, which supposedly has the world’s largest flawless diamond in it’s center. We are wondering however, the ladies looking to grab something from this Lawrence Auction event in Somerset, UK.

Gold ring with single carat pink diamond

Via: Lawrences

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