Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Hong Kong November 26 Results

A flawless, D-color 104.84-carat diamond rivière necklace,  sold for $8.1 million.

A flawless, D-color 104.84-carat diamond rivière necklace,
sold for $8.1 million.

Christie’s is touting its Magnificent Jewels auction in Hong Kong yesterday, with a sales total of $111 million, as the highest total ever for a jewelry auction in Asia, led by four pieces that sold for over $5 million.

The top five lots had two new record holders among the group. Highest price achieved went, unsurprisingly, to the remarkable diamond rivière necklace that contained 104.84 carats of flawless D-color diamonds (pictured above). In second place at $6.4 million was the star of the catalog cover, a ruby and diamond necklace by Etcetera, that now holds the record for most expensive ruby necklace sold at auction. Both of these lots were purchased by private Asian buyers. Next was a stunning ruby and diamond ring that sold for $6 million, followed by a diamond-laden necklace by Harry Winston that sold for $5 million. The second record set was for a 12.85-carat orange-pink diamond, which sold for just under $5 million. Peruse the rest of the auction results here.

A 87.78 ctw ruby and diamond necklace by Etcetera, sold for $6.4 million.

A 87.78 ctw ruby and diamond necklace by Etcetera, sold for $6.4 million.

A 13.21-carat Burmese ruby ring, sold for $6 million.

A 13.21-carat Burmese ruby ring, sold for $6 million.

A diamond Harry Winston necklace (all pear-shaped diamonds are D-color, flawless), sold for $5 million.

A diamond Harry Winston necklace (all pear-shaped diamonds are D-color, flawless),
sold for $5 million.

A 12.85-carat orange-pink diamond, sold for $4.95 million.

A 12.85-carat orange-pink diamond, sold for $4.95 million.

Harry Winston’s Latest Collection

Harry Winston Sunflower Stud Earrings

Now that you’ve seen the image above, could you guess what flower this collection is celebrating? I know I wouldn’t get it right… Harry Winston’s latest launch is a new release of the Sunflower Collection. Yes, sunflower.

I don’t wish to take anything away from the loveliness of the collection as it is classic yet modern and clean, wear-for-the-rest-of-your-life kind of stuff and I certainly wouldn’t say no to any of it. What I can’t mentally escape from is that they don’t look like sunflowers at all. The video they released does nothing to help this as they overlay technical drawings of the pieces over an image of the flower and they clearly do not resemble each other. See the video at the end of the post. The design is one from the archives and the petals have actually been scaled down slightly, but given the technical abilities of the house it would have been nice to see a revamp that actually resembled the flower, like with marquise diamonds as the petals.

Harry Winston Sunflower BraceletHarry Winston Sunflower PendantHarry Winston Sunflower Drop EarringsHarry Winston Sunflower NecklaceHarry Winston Sunflower Wire Drop Earrings

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).

2013 Spring Auction Schedule

The 2013 spring auction season is under way and there are likely to be a number of  price records broken.

28.86 carat D-color, flawless diamond sold by Sotheby’s on April 8 in Hong Kong.

The first record has already fallen with the sale of a D-color, flawless, 28.86 carat round diamond at the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale by Sotheby’s on April 8 in Hong Kong. With a hammer price of US$6.9 million, a new record for price per carat of a white round diamond has been set at $239,352.

74.79 carat D-color, VVSI diamond offered by Sotheby’s on April 17 in New York.

Sotheby’s is also holding a Magnificent Jewels sale in New York on April 17 and one in Geneva on May 14. The New York sale is led by a pear-shaped 74.79 carat D-color, VVSI white diamond and also features a number of other large diamonds.  The Geneva sale will include the Gina Lollobrigida Bulgari jewels that I wrote about previously, as well as a number of other notable pieces such as a 75 carat yellow diamond and a flawless, D-color, cushion-cut 27.90 carat white diamond.

Sothebys Geneva May 14 Yellow Diamond

74.53 carat yellow diamond jewel offered by Sotheby’s on May 14 in Geneva.

Christie’s is holding two major auctions this spring, one in New York on April 16 and one in Geneva on May 15. The New York sale is featuring the Princie Diamond, a famous 34.65 carat pink diamond, as well as a number of other showstopping pieces such as an emerald and diamond Harry Winston necklace. The Geneva sale will feature the 101.73 carat diamond I wrote about previously.

34.65 carat ‘Princie’ pink diamond offered by Christie’s on April 17 in New York.

A Harry Winston emerald and diamond necklace offered by Christie’s on April 16 in New York.

Bonhams is also holding a New York sale on April 15, London on April 24 and Hong Kong on May 25.