Highlights of Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Magnificent Jewels I, Live Auction Coming Up on 29th April, 2022

Sotheby’s Hong Kong has announced the holding of their Magnificent Jewels Part I auctions in live auction format on 29th April, 2022, starting at 15.00 hrs HKT, featuring a total of 92 Lots bearing Lot Numbers 1801 to 1892. The Lots led by Imperial Green Jadeite Lots and Colored and Colorless diamonds also feature several Colored Gemstone lots such as Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald lots and a rare Padparadscha lot.

Apart from the variety of colored jewels featuring at the auction, a fine selection of antique signed jewellery, such as a 1910 Diamond Necklsce, a 1930 Diamond Tiara/Necklace, both by Cartier, seamlessly complement modern iconic signed jewels by household names such as Van Cleef & Arpels, showcasing the iconic Mystery Set patented technique. Finally, an extraordinary ‘Imperial Green’ jadeite bead necklace presents itself in translucent, saturated fashion, completing the Spring Magnificent Jewels: Part I auction in Hong Kong.

A Highly Rare and Important 'Imperial Green' Jadeite and Diamond Parure.
A Highly Rare and Important ‘Imperial Green’ Jadeite and Diamond Parure.

Top Lot of the Sale is Lot 1885 – A Highly Rare and Important ‘Imperial Green’ Jadeite and Diamond Parure. The Parure comprises of a Necklace, a pair of earrings and a ring. The estimate of this lot will be provided on request but without any doubt must be higher than the 3rd highest lot whose estimate is between HKD 80 to 100 million equiivalent to USD 10,200,480 – 12,750,600 million.

The 18k white gold Necklace of length 42 cm is set with ten highly translucent oval jadite cabochons of intense emerald green color, weighing 176.93 carats in total and decorated with brilliant-cut diamonds set inbetween the emeralds.

Dimensions of the Necklace Jadeite vary approximately from 17.65 x 14.27 x 7.10 mm to19.00 x 16.05 x 7.86 mm/

The pair of esrrings with post hinged back fittings are each set with a ovalcabochon jadeite of dimensions approximately 17.95 x 15.51 x 5.75 mm and 17.66 x 15.52 x 5.30 mm.

The ring of size 6½is set with a oval cabochon jadeite of approximate dimensions of 20.05 x 18.45 x 6.45 mm. Total weight of the three oval jadeite cabochons set on the pair of earrings and ring is approximately 54.77 carats.

Three Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory Certificates bearing Nos. SJ 207235, SJ 207236 and SJ 207237, all dated 10 December 2021, state that the Jadeite tested is natural known in the trade as “A Jadeite.”

Three Gubelin Gem Lab reports also accompanying the Lot, bearing Nos. 22031156, 22031157/1 and 2 and 2203119, all dated 23 March 2022, each state that the Jadeites are with no indications of treatment, known as Type A in the trade and all jadeites possess a deep emerald green color, most sought after and known as “Imperial Green” in the trade.

An Extraordinary 'Imperial Green' Jadeite Bead and Diamond Necklace.
An Extraordinary ‘Imperial Green’ Jadeite Bead and Diamond Necklace.

The second highlight of the sale also based on estimates availabe on request is another Imperial Green Jadeite Lot, bearing Lot No. 1892 and titled An Extraordinary ‘Imperial Green’ Jadeite Bead and Diamond Necklace.

The necklace of length 61 cm is composed of 43 Jadeite beads of highly transluscent emerald-green colour, with a clasp on the rear, set with variously shaped diamonds, mounted in 18 karat white gold. The Jadeite beads vary in diameter from 12.90 mm to 14.05 mm.

Gubelin Gem Lab report with appendix No. 22011114, dated 9 February 2022, states that the Jadeite is natural with no indications of treatment, also known as Type A in the trade, having the much sought after deep emerald-green colour known as “Imperial Green”

Designed by Nicholas Lieou, Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring
Designed by Nicholas Lieou, Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring

The third highlight of the sale and the top most diamond lot, is Lot No. 1891 – titled, Designed by Nicholas Lieou, Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring, with an estimate of HKD 80,000,000 – 100,000,000 (USD 10,198, 640 – 12,748,300).

The 18k white gold ring of Size 6, is set with a radiant-cut, fancy vivid purplish pink diamond weighing 5.11 carats, embellished with cushion-shaped oval and baguette-cut diamonds.

GIA report No. 2221300669 dated 25th February 2022, states that the diamond is fancy viviid purplish pink, natural colour and VS2-clarity. Diamond type classificatioin letter accompanying the repiort, states that the diamond is determined to be Type IIa.

'Circe' Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond, Chalcedony and Diamond Ring
‘Circe’ Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond, Chalcedony and Diamond Ring

The next highlight of the sale is also a diamond lot, bearing Lot No. 1841 and titled Sotheby’s Diamonds – ‘Circe’ Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond, Chalcedony and Diamond Ring, with an estimate of HKD 35,000,000 – 45,000,000 (USD 4,460,400 – 5,734,800).

The 18k white gold ring of size 5¼ signed JWR for Sotheby’s Diamonds, numbered, with maker’s mark for Sotheby’s Diamonds and British hallmarks, is set with a cushion-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond weighing 3.27 carats as centerpiece, surroiunded by a layer of round brilliant-cut diamonds, interspersed with four square-shaped chalcedony.

GIA report No. 2193488554 dated 25 September, 2018 states that the 3.27-carat diamond is fancy vivid blue, natural colour and internally flawless.

An Extraordinary 'Imperial Green' Jadeite, Diamond and Gem-Set Pendant
An Extraordinary ‘Imperial Green’ Jadeite, Diamond and Gem-Set Pendant

The next highlight is also another Imperial Green Jadeite Lot, bearing Lot No. 1884 and titled An Extraordinary ‘Imperial Green’ Jadeite, Diamond and Gem-Set Pendant, with an estimate of HKD 35,000,000 – 55,000,000 (USD 4,460,785 – 7,009, 805).

The reverwse of the pepper pendant
The reverwse of the pepper pendant

The pendant is made of a carved jadeite pepper of highly translucent intense emerald-green colour, suspended from a brilliant-cut diamond surmount, arising from the lower end of the twisted black cord of the necklace. The sides of the jadeite pepper are accented with brilliant-cut diamonds. The reverwse of the pepper pendant is decorated with brilliant-cut diamonds, pear and marquise-shaped sapphires and a square ruby. Mounted in 18k white gold. The dimensions of the pepper jadeite are 57.00 x 22.00 x 11.15 mm.

Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory Certificate bearing No. SJ 207226, dated 10th December 2021, states that the jadeite is natural, known in the trade a A-Jade.

Gubelin Gem Lab report bearing No. 22021210, dated 17 March 2022, states that the jadeite is natural, with no indications of treatment and may also be called “Type A” in the trade, having the most sought after colour, a deep emerald-green colour referred to as “imperial green. “

The Carmine Rose - An Exceptional Ruby and Diamond Ring
The Carmine Rose – An Exceptional Ruby and Diamond Ring

A colored gemstone lot is the next highlight of the sale, bearing Lot No. 1889 and titled The Carmine Rose – An Exceptional Ruby and Diamond Ring with an estimate of HKD 32,000,000 – 40,000,000 (USD 4,078,176 – 5,097,720).

The Carmine Rose - An Exceptional Ruby and Diamond Ring (Side View)
The Carmine Rose – An Exceptional Ruby and Diamond Ring (Side View)

The 18k white and yellow gold ring of size 6, designed as a rose flower, is set with an oval ruby weighing 8.08 carats as centerpiece, surrounded by pear-shaped diamond petals and an outer whorl of brilliant-cut diamond sepals, the shoulders also mounted with brilliant-cut diamonds.

Swiss Gemological Institute (SSEF) report No. 108118 dated 11th July, 2019, states that he ruby is of Burmese origin with no indications of heat treatment. The colour of this ruby is known as “Pigeon Blood Red” in the trade.

Gubelin Gem Lab report No. 19052064, dated 28 May 2019, states that the Ruby is of Burmese origin with no indications of heating having the most sought after Pigeon Blood Red Colour.

AGL report no. 1102726, dated 6 August 2019 also states that the Ruby is of Burmese origin with no indications of heat treatment.

The 92 lots of this sale will be offered live during the first part of the Magnificent Jewels auction on April 29, 2022, which will take place after the standalone sale of the De Beers Cullinan Blue on April 27. The step-cut, 15.10-carat, fancy-vivid-blue diamond is expected to go for up to $48 million in Hong Kong. The Magnificent Jewels auction will also feature a second, online portion, which will run from April 15 to May 3.

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