Intense green, fiery red, deep blue, soft pearl white, and coloured diamond sparkles. Gem colours in all their glory at Bonhams Hong Kong Rare Jewels and Jadeite auction, next 26 November.
A 120-jewels sale to appeal Bonhams’ Asian and global clientele.
The headline of the sale is unmistakeably set by a sensational Fancy Coloured Diamond and Diamond dress ring by Cindy Chao, featuring a stunning oval-cut fancy pink-purple diamond weighing 4.23 carats.
Every year more than one hundred and twenty million carats of diamonds are mined, of which only twenty percent are of gem quality to be used in jewellery. Of that, less than 0.001% holds sufficient saturation of colour to be categorised as a ‘fancy coloured diamond’.
Fancy purple and variations of the colour like natural Fancy Pink-Purple and Fancy Pinkish-Purple diamonds are very rare.
No more than a handful have been recorded at auction worldwide within the last twelve years. The cause of colour for purple diamonds is crystal distortion. However, it is believed that the presence of hydrogen may be partly responsible for their hue.
Particularly rare and highly coveted, purple diamonds connote royalty, power and honour.
Commenting on this magnificent jewel Graeme Thompson, Head of Jewellery, Bonhams Asia, said:
“We are delighted to bring this magnificent ring to auction for the first time. Cindy Chao is one of the most sought-after Asia jeweller of the 21st century, renowned for harnessing the ancient architectural legacy of her family to create one-of-a-kind jewels. Through her talented hands, every piece of jewellery she designs is a masterpiece.”
Mesmerizing Kashmir Sapphires
As for the eye-catching Kashmir sapphires that will be offered at auction, Thompson adds:
“The mines, located high in the Himalayan mountain range in North West India, were only open for a period of approximately 30 years from the late 1880s onwards. Supplies were soon exhausted, making Kashmir sapphires extremely rare.”
Two top lots will be featured, the first one being a 17.33 Carat Sapphire and Diamond ring, mounted by Bulgari, and the second being a 6.96 Kashmir Sapphire, Ruby and Diamond ring.
Spectacular Colombian Emeralds
From deep blue to luscious green, the sale will offer top-class emerald jewels, starting with a 10.02 carat ‘No Oil’ Colombian Emerald and Diamond Ring.
Graeme Thompson goes on and says:
“Colombia is the source of the finest quality old mine emeralds that are the most sought after. As a result, finding such a magnificent emerald with no oil, weighing over 10 carats is quite something are we are delighted to bring this wonderful specimen to auction”.
Bonhams will also offer more jewels featuring beautiful emeralds, such as this Colombian Emerald and Diamond Necklace by Harry Winston,
A 27.03 carat Colombian Emerald and Diamond Ring,
And an Early 20th Century pair of Colombian Emerald and Diamond Pendant Earrings, circa 1920.
Rare among the rarest: natural pearls
Another significant lot that will be offered at Bonhams Rare Jewels and Jadeite auction in Hong Kong next 27 November is this Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace, signed by Tiffany & Co, and dated 1910.
“Collectors are increasingly snapping up natural pearls because of their increasing rarity. Really good examples of natural pearls – based on size, uniform shape, lustre and blemish-free skins – do not appear on the market as often as they used to and it is very difficult to find good quality examples such as these. Long-term, they will become more of a rarity and therefore even more highly-prized. These pearls have a lovely cream body colour and a rosé overtone which is highly prized among Asian collectors.” Thomspon remarks.
Rubies are also very appreciated by jewellery collectors worldwide, and signed jewellery by Harry Winston has gained global admiration. In the upcoming auction, Bonhams will offer this Burmese Ruby and Diamond Necklace by Harry Winston.
‘Rare jewels’ often stand for ‘rare diamond.’
The highest in value is this fantastic 10.03 carat E Colour VS2 Clarity Diamond and Coloured Diamond Ring, by Stephen Webster – the ultimate statement ring.
Founded since 1982, Stephen Webster is celebrated for creating modern classics with an eternally chic and glamorous persona. The brand is inspired by music, fashion, literature and art. An inimitable style that boldly combines innovative design, attention to detail and the most beautiful materials.
The carousel continues with this lovely Fancy Coloured Diamond and Diamond Necklace, by Salavetti, a fine jewellery House based in Switzerland.
Salavetti’s vibrant and distinctive Italian jewellery designs are sought after worldwide and renowned for their quality and excellence. Excellent craftsmanship, unique designs and superior quality gemstones and diamonds. This has helped establish Salavetti among the top international jewellers. Always on the cutting edge of fashion, their designs are high class and easy to wear.
Rounding up on the sale, Graeme Thompson concludes:
“We have a wonderful sale coming up, featuring magnificent gemstones and exceptionally rare pieces of jewellery, perfect to add to any collection. The sale features some impressive examples of signed jewellery by world-renowned Houses and designers which are always in demand and popular with our discerning clients from around the world.”
Auctions are having a moment, these days, and it is not by accident.
As Andrew Shirley, who compiles the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, said:
“The Q2 2017 index focuses on the performance of jewellery, which rose by 142 percent over the past ten years. it shows how jewellery continues to capture the imagination of wealthy collectors and is a genuine investment of passion – offering not only a great pleasure to its owners but also acting as a highly mobile store of wealth.”