This listing is for a gorgeous pair of 18 Karat yellow Gold fur clips each mounted with a single 13.00 carat oval cabochon emerald and embellished with .75 carats of diamonds. These amazing fur clips were custom made for silent screen actress Thelma Parr as part of a parure designed and executed by Neiman Marcus. These clips are part of a four piece jewelry suite with a matching ring and bracelet each being listed separately (as shown in last photo). The clips have an 18 Karat yellow gold mounting with the diamonds mounted in platinum. Marked inside each clip "Designed and executed for Mrs. Thelma Parr by Neiman Marcus".
These fur clips were appraised by the Atlanta Gemological Laboratories in Atlanta in May 2012 with a replacement value of $23,550.00. A copy of this appraisal comes with purchase. The entire suite was appraised with a replacement value of $67,550.00. Set was purchased from an antique and jewelry Estate auction in November 2012. These great clips could easily be adapted by a jeweler to wear as earrings or could be updated into a brooch, a pearl enhancer or pendant.
The two oval cabochon cut emeralds measure approximately 17.00 x 12.00 x 9.00 mm with total weight of approximately 26.00 carats. Emeralds are rated VS-SI in Clarity. Clips also contains forty-six (46) round brilliant cut and round single cut diamonds measuring approximately 1.40 mm (smallest) to approximately 2.30 mm (largest) with a total weight of approximately 1.50 carats. Diamonds average VS-SI in Clarity and G-H-I in Color.
Dimensions: Each clip measures 2" long (from north to south) and 1" wide (from east to west). Combined weight is 41.9 grams.
Condition: These amazing fur clips are in very good to excellent Estate condition reflecting only minimal signs of wear. The prongs holding the emeralds in place may need to be secured although the stone is not loose and one side of the security clasp area on the back of each clip may be slightly bent. This is very easy for any jeweler to secure and should be a very minimal expense.
Provenance: Thelma Parr was born in Oregon in 1903 and was a highly acclaimed motion picture actress considered by film critics to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood films. At the age of 14, Thelma moved to California with her parents and soon after the pretty brunette was discovered by producer Mack Sennett and became one of his bathing beauties. She married banjo player William E. Goman in 1925 and made her film debut that same year. Over the next three years she appeared in more than 30 short films. Although she was a gifted comedic actress, her acting career was tragically ended in March of 1928 by a car accident in which she received severe facial injuries. Ms. Parr's marriage ended two years later in 1930. She died in San Clemente CA in 2000 at age 93.
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