Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Hong Kong Preview

A ruby and diamond necklace by Etcetera (Lot 2109).

A ruby and diamond necklace by Etcetera (Lot 2109).

On Tuesday, November 26, Christie’s will be holding a Magnificent Jewels sale in Hong Kong. I always enjoy looking through the lots of sales in Hong Kong because they are often very colorful, a little more daring in design and feature stones that aren’t regularly seen at top-level jewelry auctions.

The cover star of the auction catalog is the ruby and diamond necklace by Edmond Chin’s Etcetera pictured above, which is listed with a high estimate of $7.5 million. It features 87.78 carats total of Burmese rubies and will be the second last lot of the day, while the matching earrings are the last. Competing with this necklace to be one of the top lots of the day is another ruby of great interest, a 13.21 carat Burmese ruby set in a ring pictured below, which also has a high estimate of $7.5 million. Likely to achieve the highest price, however, is a diamond rivière necklace composed of a total of 104.84 carats of brilliant-cut graduated diamonds that are remarkably all D-color, flawless stones. It has a high estimate of $9.3 million. Also of note is a pair of natural pearl earrings that are exceptional for both size and for the matching of shape and color. They carry a high estimate of $3.6 million.

A 13.21-carat Burmese ruby ring (Lot 2075).

A 13.21-carat Burmese ruby ring (Lot 2075).

A flawless, D-color 104.84-carat diamond rivière necklace (Lot 2103).

A flawless, D-color 104.84-carat diamond rivière necklace (Lot 2103).

A pair of exceptional natural pearl earrings called 'Empresses of the Orient' (Lot 2095).

A pair of exceptional natural pearl earrings called ‘Empresses of the Orient’ (Lot 2095).

And herewith, a selection of some of the more colorful and unusual pieces of jewelry hitting the auction block:

Star ruby and sapphire cluster ring (Lot 2041).

Star ruby and sapphire cluster ring (Lot 2041).

Pink sapphire and diamond earrings by Wallace Chan (Lot 1899).

Pink sapphire and diamond earrings by Wallace Chan (Lot 1899).

A jadeite and diamond necklace (Lot 2017).

A jadeite and diamond necklace (Lot 2017).

A spessartite garnet ring by Bulgari (Lot 1893).

A spessartite garnet ring by Bulgari (Lot 1893).

A sapphire and diamond bracelet by Forms  featuring a 12.52-carat Burmese sapphire (Lot 1913).

A sapphire and diamond bracelet by Forms
featuring a 12.52-carat Burmese sapphire (Lot 1913).

A cat's eye chrysoberyl and diamond bracelet (Lot 2042).

A cat’s eye chrysoberyl and diamond bracelet (Lot 2042).

Jadeite, tsavorite garnet and diamond earrings (Lot 1861).

Jadeite, tsavorite garnet and diamond earrings (Lot 1861).

A diamond and (83.71 carats total Burmese) ruby necklace by Bulgari (Lot 1988).

A diamond and (83.71 carats total Burmese) ruby necklace by Bulgari (Lot 1988).

Pink conch pearl and diamond earrings (Lot 2088).

Pink conch pearl and diamond earrings (Lot 2088).

A five-strand diamond bead necklace with carved emeralds (Lot 2050).

A five-strand diamond bead necklace with carved emeralds (Lot 2050).

A purple star sapphire, tsavorite garnet and diamond ring by Wallace Chan (Lot 2048).

A purple star sapphire, tsavorite garnet and diamond ring by Wallace Chan (Lot 2048).

The sale will be held in one session beginning at 1:30pm in the Convention Hall of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center.

Diva: A New Collection from Bulgari

Necklace

It takes a special kind of woman to wear Bulgari’s most opulent pieces with total nonchalance, but the biggest movie stars of the 50’s and 60’s did so with aplomb. The Italian house has dedicated its latest offering to these women, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren among them, with the Diva Collection. Unmistakably Bulgari with its colorful bold cabochons, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has been selected as the face of the collection and will appear in a print campaign for the house.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at the Bulgari Diva launch in Paris.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at the Bulgari Diva launch in Paris.

Bulgari Diva Necklace

Bulgari Diva Earrings

Bulgari Diva Bracelet

Bulgari Diva Necklace

Bulgari Diva Earrings

Bulgari Diva Ring

Bulgari Diva Necklace

Bulgari Diva Earrings

New Record Set for Blue Diamond at Bonhams

Bulgari Trombino Ring

Bonhams held a fine jewelry auction in London on April 24th and offered a 5.30 carat blue diamond ring by Bulgari, which sold for £6.2 million (US$9.5 million) to Laurence Graff of Graff Diamonds. The ‘Trombino’ ring, which was made in 1965, sets a new world auction record for price per carat of a blue diamond at US$1.8 million. Watch an interesting video by Bonhams about this piece and blue diamonds in general here and watch a video of the actual sale on the auction floor here.

Bonhams April 24 Bulgari Blue Diamond Ring Profile

Bonhams April 15 New York Auction

Bonhams April 15 Bulgari Yellow Diamond Ring

Bonhams kicked off spring auction week in New York with two sales on April 15. The first auction was a private collection that brought in US$2.6 million. The unidentified owner of the collection obviously enjoyed color and bold design, with a number of pieces coming from the world’s finest jewelers. My top three personal picks would have to be the 21.07 carat yellow diamond Bulgari ring (most expensive lot selling for $590,500, seen above), the 38.21 carat emerald Harry Winston bracelet (sold for $50,000) and the diamond encrusted Cartier ‘Maillon Panthère’ bracelet (sold for $86,500). Watch a video of the collection’s highlights here.

Bonhams April 15 Emerald Harry Winston Bracelet

Bonhams April 15 Cartier Maillon Panthere Diamond Bracelet

The second was the general Fine Jewelry auction that brought in a total of US$2.8 million. The top lots were two yellow diamond rings and one white diamond solitaire  Some interesting pieces up for grabs were a 1929 Mauboussin jade brooch (sold for $122,500), and a couple pieces by Albert Lipten that caught my eye for their striking design.

Bonhams April 15 Mauboussin Jade Brooch

18k gold, onyx, mother of pearl and diamond necklace by Albert Lipten (sold for $17,500).

18k gold, mother of pearl and diamond ‘Moonscape’ necklace from Albert Lipten (sold for $13,750).