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Described by The New York Times as "one of the finest" residences in the area, the Plants' New York City residence was on the corner of 52nd Street and Fifth Avenue. It was love at first sight when Maisie Plant was first introduced to the natural, oriental pearl necklace made by Cartier. It was not shortly after Pierre Cartier saw a chance to make an offer of a lifetime. He presented a trade for the double-strand necklace of rare pearls and $100 for the Plants' New York City mansion. The necklace was valued at $1 million, while the building was valued at $925,000, according to The New York Times. Pearls were much more valuable at this time as cultured pearls had not fully entered the marketplace yet, and each natural pearl had to be found by divers. It had therefore taken Cartier years to assemble the 128 graduated, perfectly matched pearls of Plant's necklace. Natural pearls had become the symbol of the well-to-do socialite and became a key component of Cartier designs. Gracefully featuring intertwining stands of pearls that are attached by gold clasps that are encrusted by 98 colorless diamonds weighing approximately 4.50 carats. Signed Cartier, numbered and stamped with French hallmarks. 7-1/2 inches long

Cartier Paris Pearl Diamond Gold Bracelet