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Jackie O.'s faux pearls go up for auction

Jackie 3 strand necklace Jackie O.'s iconic style continues to be so universally revered, even her costume jewelry fetches huge bucks.

Auction house Bonhams will be auctioning off three faux pearl pieces from the late First Lady's collection at the "Pioneers of Popular Culture" sale, part of its inaugural Goodwood Vintage Festival — to be held Aug. 15 in London.

The items include a prim triple-strand faux pearl necklace worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis while living at the White House and on a state visit to Colombia. It comes in its original Sotheby's box and carrying pouch, accompanied by copies of images of her wearing the bauble. It's expected to sell for between £25,000 and £35,000 ($39,672 and $55,541.)
Bonhams will also be offering a single-strand faux pearl necklace for an estimated £15,000 to £25,000 ($23,803 to $39,672) and faux pearl-and-diamond clip-on earrings, for between and estimated £10,000 to £15,000 ($15,868 to $23,803.)

The provenance of all three pieces is quite strong — they were bought at a Sotheby's auction, “From the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," held in April 1996, and are owned by a British private collector who purchased them at the sale.

And you don't have to be a Brit to bid. You can leave an absentee bid online or bid by phone. See the auctioneer's How to Buy guide for all your money-parting options. 

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' triple-strand faux pearl necklace and an image of her wearing the piece. Credit: Bonhams.

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These are faux - not cultured - pearls, mind you. Ridiculous.

They're FAKE! I just checked out a real pearls necklace with a centered emerald encircled by diamonds for $2400 @ Zales.

Fake maybe, but Jackie O was NOT a fake. Pearls from Zales may be real but did they grace the neck of a true American icon? Are they found in the photographs of history?

Why don't you think through the obvious differences before posting your ignorant exclamations.

Yes August - that's what 'faux' means.

And 'cultured' pearl is when the shell is stimulated by man by purposely inserting a foreign object into the meat. The mollusk secretions are it's way of fighting off the irritant, and it surrounds the object with this fluid which hardens - thus creating a pearl.


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