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Christie’s Magnificent Jewels – Hong Kong – May 28th, 2013

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Rounding out the spring Magnificent Jewels sales is Christie’s Hong Kong’s scheduled for May 28th, 2013.  The sale offers quite a few spectacular jewels!  Highlights include a 75.36-carat Type IIa briolette diamond, an emerald and diamond necklace, a snake necklace by Carvin French, an exceptional 73.98-carat padparadscha and diamond ring and a rare sapphire and diamond necklace by Cartier.  Also included in this sale are a few dynamite pieces from Wallace Chan, notably his “Life Is But A Dream” necklace featuring a mesmerizing black opal.

The following lots are my favorites from the sale.

 

Lot 1706 – A MAGNIFICENT DIAMOND AND COLOURED DIAMOND PENDENT NECKLACE

Estimate:  $8,644,114 – $12,681,484

Lot 1706 - A MAGNIFICENT DIAMOND AND COLOURED DIAMOND PENDENT NECKLACE

THE MARQUISE-CUT PURPLISH PINK DIAMOND SUSPENDING A BRIOLETTE DIAMOND WEIGHING 75.36 CARATS, JOINED TO A BRIOLETTE DIAMOND NECKCHAIN, MOUNTED IN 18K ROSE AND WHITE GOLD,45.8 CM LONG (LENGTH ADJUSTABLE)

Lot 1706 2

ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 11812033 DATED 18 APRIL 2013 FROM THE GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA STATING THAT THE 75.36 CARAT DIAMOND IS D COLOUR, INTERNALLY FLAWLESS CLARITY, WITH EXCELLENT POLISH; ALSO ACCOMPANIED BY A SUPPLEMENTAL LETTER FROM THE GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA STATING THE 75.36 CARAT DIAMOND HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO BE TYPE IIA. TYPE IIA DIAMONDS ARE THE MOST CHEMICALLY PURE TYPE OF DIAMOND AND OFTEN HAVE EXCEPTIONAL OPTICAL TRANSPARENCY. TYPE IIA DIAMONDS WERE FIRST IDENTIFIED AS ORIGINATING FROM INDIA (PARTICULARLY FROM THE GOLCONDA REGION) BUT HAVE SINCE BEEN RECOVERED IN ALL MAJOR DIAMOND-PRODUCING REGIONS OF THE WORLD. AMONG FAMOUS GEM DIAMONDS, THE 530.20 CARAT CULLINAN AND THE 105.60 CARAT KOH-I-NOOR, ARE EXAMPLES OF TYPE IIA

ALSO ACCOMPANIED BY A NOTE STATING THAT ACCORDING TO THE RECORDS OF THE GIA LABORATORY, THE 75.36 CARAT DIAMOND WAS CUT FROM THE 75.51 CARAT DIAMOND THAT WAS DESCRIBED IN THE GIA REPORT OF THE SAME NUMBER AND WAS NOTED AT THE TIME AS THE LARGEST BRIOLETTE, FLAWLESS OR INTERNALLY FLAWLESS, D COLOUR DIAMOND GRADED. THE 75.36 CARAT DIAMOND IS STILL LARGER THAN ANY OTHER DIAMOND WITH THE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED NOTABLE CRITERIA

Lot 1655 – AN EXCEPTIONAL EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE

Estimate:  $3,105,670 – $5,176,116

Lot 1655 - AN EXCEPTIONAL EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE

Designed as a line of graduated old European and cushion-shaped diamonds alternating with baguette-cut diamonds, the front suspending a fringe of emerald drops, flanked by cabochon emeralds, accented by a sugarloaf emerald clasp, mounted in platinum and 18k yellow gold, 39.5 cm long, with French assay marks for platinum and gold, in grey suede Boucheron case

Lot 1655

Mounted by Boucheron
Accompanied by report no. 66682 dated 11 February 2013 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the emeralds weighing approximately 105.00 carats total is of Colombia origin, with no indications of clarity modification and minor to moderate amount of oil in fissures; also accompanied by an appendix stating that the natural emerald necklace possesses characteristics which merits special mention and appreciation. The emeralds of highly impressive size show a well saturated green colour, well matching with each other. The most outstanding of these emeralds is the centre stone, as it shows excellent purity, very rarely seen in emeralds. Microscopic examination revealed inclusions, which represent the hallmarks of Colombian emeralds from the famous mining areas as Muzo, Coscuez, and Chivor, all located in the green foothills of the Cordillera Oriental in the Colombian Andes. Its saturated green colour is due to a combination of well-balanced trace elements in the stone, typical and characteristic for the finest emeralds of Colombia. Fissures in emeralds are commonly filled with a colourless substance to enhance their clarity. The fact that the largest emerald shows no indications of clarity modification is adding to its exceptional quality. Assembling a set of natural emeralds from Colombia of this size and quality is very rare. In combination with the design using large diamonds, this necklace certainly can be considered a very exceptional treasure

Lot 1655 2

Lot 1791 – A SUPERB PAIR OF RUBY AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS, BY ETCETERA

Estimate:  $2,846,864 – $4,529,102

Lot 1791 - A SUPERB PAIR OF RUBY AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS, BY ETCETERA

OF CHANDELIER DESIGN, EACH OVAL-SHAPED RUBY SURMOUNT SUSPENDING THREE OVAL-SHAPED RUBIES WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 6.03 TO 2.57 CARATS, JOINED BY A PEAR-SHAPED DIAMOND AND TERMINATING IN THREE PEAR-SHAPED DIAMOND TASSELS WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 1.54 TO 0.92 CARATS, SPACED BY BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMONDS, MOUNTED IN 18K WHITE AND YELLOW GOLD, 6.3 CM LONG

WITH MAKER’S MARK
ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 63521 DATED 30 MAY 2012 FROM THE SSEF SWISS GEMMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE STATING THAT THE 6.03 CARAT RUBY IS OF BURMA (MYANMAR) ORIGIN, WITH NO INDICATIONS OF HEATING; ALSO ACCOMPANIED BY AN APPENDIX STATING THAT THE 6.03 RUBY POSSESSES EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTERISTICS AND MERITS SPECIAL MENTION AND APPRECIATION. THE RUBY EXHIBITS A VIVID RED COLOUR, COMBINED WITH AN EXCELLENT PURITY AND AN ATTRACTIVE CUTTING STYLE. MICROSCOPIC INSPECTION REPRESENT THE HALLMARKS OF THE CLASSICAL RUBY MINES IN THE MOGOK VALLEY IN BURMA (MYANMAR). A NATURAL RUBY FROM BURMA OF THIS QUALITY IS RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL

Lot 1790 – A MAGNIFICENT RUBY AND DIAMOND RING, BY JAMES W. CURRENS FOR FAIDEE

Estimate:  $2,432,775 – $3,726,804

Lot 1790 - A MAGNIFICENT RUBY AND DIAMOND RING, BY JAMES W. CURRENS FOR FAIDEE

SET WITH AN OVAL-SHAPED RUBY WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 8.88 CARATS, JOINED BY PEAR AND MARQUISE-CUT DIAMONDS WEIGHING FROM 1.22 TO 1.01 CARATS, TO THE BRILLIANT-CUT UNDULATING HOOP, MOUNTED IN PLATINUM AND 18K YELLOW GOLD, RING SIZE 5¼, IN BLACK FAIDEE CASE

SIGNED AND WITH MAKER’S MARK FOR JAMES W. CURRENS
ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 12110084 DATED 9 NOVEMBER 2012 FROM THE GüBELIN GEMMOLOGICAL LABORATORY STATING THAT THE 8.88 CARAT RUBY IS OF BURMA (MYANMAR) ORIGIN, WITH NO INDICATIONS OF HEATING AND THIS COLOUR VARIETY MAY ALSO BE CALLED “PIGEON’S BLOOD RED” IN THE TRADE; ALSO ACCOMPANIED BY AN APPENDIX AND NOTE STATING THAT BURMA HAS LONG BEEN RECOGNISED AS THE LOCALITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE MOST DESIRABLE RUBIES IN THE WORLD. WITHIN BURMA (NOW MYANMAR), THE MOST FAMED REGION IS THE MOGOK VALLEY, OR MOGOK STONE TRACT, IN THE KATHA DISTRICT, NORTH EAST OF MANDALAY. THESE MOGOK-TYPE RUBIES TYPICALLY POSSESS A RED BODY COLOUR AND RED UV-FLUORESCENCE. IN ADDITION, THEY MAY CONTAIN TINY AMOUNTS OF LIGHT-SCATTERING RUTILE SILK AND A SWIRL-LIKE GROWTH PATTERN. IT IS THIS COMBINATION OF FEATURES WHICH GIVES THESE RUBIES THEIR CHARACTERISTIC APPEARANCE. THE NATURAL RUBY OF 8.88 CARAT DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED GüBELIN GEM LAB REPORT POSSESSES A RICHLY SATURATED AND HOMOGENOUS COLOUR, COMBINED WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF TRANSPARENCY. IN ADDITION, THIS GEMSTONE HAS BEEN SPARED OF THERMAL TREATMENT. SUCH A COMBINATION OF CHARACTERISTICS IS RARE IN NATURAL RUBIES OF THIS SIZE

Lot 1788 – A RARE SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY CARTIER

Estimate:  $2,329,252 – $3,623,281

Lot 1788 - A RARE SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY CARTIER

SET AT THE FRONT WITH A CUSHION-SHAPED SAPPHIRE WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 44.53 CARATS, JOINED TO THE NECKCHAIN DESIGNED AS A FRINGE OF BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMONDS SUSPENDED FROM KNIFE-EDGE SURMOUNTS, MOUNTED IN 18K WHITE GOLD, 35.0 CM LONG, WITH FRENCH ASSAY MARK FOR GOLD, IN RED LEATHER CARTIER CASE

SIGNED CARTIER
ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 38015 DATED 30 AUGUST 2001 FROM THE SSEF SWISS GEMMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE STATING THAT THE 44.53 CARAT SAPPHIRE IS OF BURMA (MYANMAR) ORIGIN, WITH NO INDICATIONS OF THERMAL ENHANCEMENT

Lot 1788

Lot 1788 2

Lot 1789 – A RARE PAIR OF SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS

Estimate:  $1,617,536 – $2,329,252

Lot 1789 - A RARE PAIR OF SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS

EACH SUSPENDING A PENDANT SET WITH A CUSHION-SHAPED SAPPHIRE WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 8.88 AND 8.36 CARATS, WITHIN A PEAR-SHAPED DIAMOND SURROUND, TO THE MARQUISE AND PEAR-SHAPED DIAMOND CLUSTER SURMOUNT, MOUNTED IN PLATINUM, 7.1 CM LONG

DIAMOND CLUSTER SIGNED WINSTON FOR HARRY WINSTON
ACCOMPANIED BY TWO REPORTS NOS. 65149 AND 66063 DATED 1 OCTOBER 2012 AND 7 JANUARY 2013 FROM THE SSEF SWISS GEMMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE STATING THAT THE 8.88 AND 8.36 CARAT SAPPHIRES ARE OF KASHMIR ORIGIN, WITH NO INDICATIONS OF HEATING; ALSO ACCOMPANIED BY AN APPENDIX STATING THAT THE 8.88 SAPPHIRE POSSESSES EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTERISTICS AND MERITS SPECIAL MENTION AND APPRECIATION. THE SAPPHIRE EXHIBITS AN ATTRACTIVE VELVETY BLUE COLOUR, COMBINED WITH AN OUTSTANDING PURITY AND A VERY FINE CUTTING STYLE. THE FEW INCLUSIONS FOUND BY MICROSCOPIC INSPECTION REPRESENT THE HALLMARKS OF SAPPHIRES FROM THE REPUTED DEPOSIT IN KASHMIR, LOCATED IN A REMOTE PART OF THE HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS IN INDIA. THE VELVETY BLUE OF THIS SAPPHIRE IS DUE TO VERY FINE AND SUBTLE INCLUSIONS AND A COMBINATION OF WELL-BALANCED TRACE ELEMENTS IN THE GEMSTONE, TYPICAL AND CHARACTERISTICS FOR THE FINEST SAPPHIRES OF KASHMIR. THIS SAPPHIRE HAS BEEN SPARED EXPOSURE TO HEAT TREATMENT AND ITS CLARITY AND COLOUR ARE THUS ALL NATURAL. A NATURAL SAPPHIRE FROM KASHMIR OF THIS SIZE AND QUALITY IS RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL

Lot 1757 – AN UNIQUE NATURAL PEARL, DIAMOND AND SEED PEARL PENDENT NECKLACE

Estimate:  $1,488,133 – $1,941,044

Lot 1757 - AN UNIQUE NATURAL PEARL, DIAMOND AND SEED PEARL PENDENT NECKLACE

SUSPENDING A CREAM NATURAL PEARL DROP MEASURING 10.8 X 21.7 MM, SURMOUNTED BY AN OLD EUROPEAN-CUT DIAMOND WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 8.29 CARATS, TO THE COLLET-SET OLD EUROPEAN-CUT DIAMOND NECKCHAIN WITH SEED PEARL ACCENTS, MOUNTED IN PLATINUM, 42.2 CM LONG

ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 60882 DATED 13 OCTOBER 2011 FROM THE SSEF SWISS GEMMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE STATING THAT THE ANALYSED PROPERTIES CONFIRM THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE SALTWATER NATURAL PEARL

REPORT NO. 1129116398 DATED 19 MAY 2011 FROM THE GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA STATING THAT THE 8.29 CARAT DIAMOND IS D COLOUR, VVS1 CLARITY; ALSO ACCOMPANIED BY A SUPPLEMENTAL LETTER FROM THE GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA STATING THE 8.29 CARAT DIAMOND HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO BE TYPE IIA. TYPE IIA DIAMONDS ARE THE MOST CHEMICALLY PURE TYPE OF DIAMOND AND OFTEN HAVE EXCEPTIONAL OPTICAL TRANSPARENCY. TYPE IIA DIAMONDS WERE FIRST IDENTIFIED AS ORIGINATING FROM INDIA (PARTICULARLY FROM THE GOLCONDA REGION) BUT HAVE SINCE BEEN RECOVERED IN ALL MAJOR DIAMOND-PRODUCING REGIONS OF THE WORLD. AMONG FAMOUS GEM DIAMONDS, THE 530.20 CARAT CULLINAN AND THE 105.60 CARAT KOH-I-NOOR, ARE EXAMPLES OF TYPE IIA

Pre-Lot Text

A GOLCONDA DIAMOND IS OF A DISTINCT CALIBER COVETED BY TRUE CONNOISSEURS OF THE GEM TRADE. UNIVERSALLY REGARDED AS THE MINE FROM WHICH THE WORLD’S FINEST DIAMONDS WERE PRODUCED, THE WORD GOLCONDA STILL EVOKES A SENSE OF SCINTILLATING EXCLUSIVENESS. LOCATED IN THE SOUTHERN STATE OF HYDERABAD, THE INDIAN DIAMOND FIELDS ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT A BROAD BAND OF ANCIENT ROCKS EXTENDING NEARLY ONE THOUSAND MILES IN THE NORTH-SOUTH DIRECTION ALONG THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE DIAMONDS FOUND WERE FROM ALLUVIAL DEPOSITS UNCOVERED IN FIVE DISTINCT DISTRICTS, EACH SEPARATED BY HIGH TERRAIN. EACH DISTRICT HAD ITS OWN NAME, THE MOST FAMOUS BEING GOLCONDA. THE CELEBRATED FRENCH GEM-MERCHANT, JEAN-BAPTISTE TAVERNIER, WHO FREQUENTED INDIA ON NUMEROUS VISITS IN THE 17TH CENTURY DESCRIBED GOLCONDA DIAMONDS AS “POOLS OF CRYSTAL WATER”, A REFERENCE TO THE CLEAR TRANSPARENCY AND SOFT LUMINESCENT QUALITY DERIVED FROM ITS EXCEPTIONAL INTRINSIC CRYSTAL STRUCTURE. A QUALITY COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS LIMPIDITY, WATERY OR PURITY, A GOLCONDA DIAMOND IS DESCRIBED AS WHITER-THAN-WHITE. LIGHT APPEARS TO PASS THROUGH THE TRANSPARENT COLOURLESS STONE, UNHINDERED, ILLUMINATING A SUBSTANCE CLEAR AS A POOL OF GLISTENING PRISTINE WATER, TAINTLESS, UNADULTERATED, AND UNCONDITIONALLY PURE. IT IS THIS SEMBLANCE THAT DEFINES THESE DIAMONDS AND PROPELS A ‘GOLCONDA’ TO SUCH ELITE STATUS.

Lot 1709 – AN UNIQUE COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND PENDENT NECKLACE, BY TIFFANY & CO.

Estimate:  $1,229,328 – $1,941,044

Lot 1709 - AN UNIQUE COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND PENDENT NECKLACE, BY TIFFANY & CO.

SET WITH A PEAR-SHAPED FANCY VIVID BLUE DIAMOND WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 2.70 CARATS, TO THE BRILLIANT-CUT GREEN DIAMOND SURMOUNT, SPACED BY A MARQUISE-CUT DIAMOND, MOUNTED IN 18K WHITE GOLD, 39.4 CM LONG

SIGNED TIFFANY & CO.
ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 1152102905 DATED 3 DECEMBER 2012 FROM THE GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA STATING THAT THE 2.70 CARAT DIAMOND IS FANCY VIVID BLUE, NATURAL COLOUR, VS1 CLARITY, WITH EXCELLENT POLISH

Lot 1611- AN EXCEPTIONAL PADPARADSCHA AND DIAMOND RING

Estimate:  $1,035,223 – $1,552,835

Lot 1611- AN EXCEPTIONAL PADPARADSCHA AND DIAMOND RING

Set with an oval-shaped padparadscha weighing approximately 73.98 carats, within a brilliant-cut diamond surround, floral motif gallery and trifurcated shoulders, mounted in 18k rose gold, ring size 6¼
Accompanied by report no. 65177 dated 3 October 2012 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the approximately 74.00 carat padparadscha is of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) origin, with no indications of heating; also accompanied by an appendix stating that the natural padparadscha possesses extraordinary characteristics and merits special mention and appreciation. The padparadscha exhibits an impressive size and weight, combined with an outstanding purity. Its subtle and attractive colour is highly characteristic for this rare variety of corundum. The few inclusions found by microscopic examination represent the hallmarks padparadschas from classical gem deposits in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The stone has been spared exposure to any treatment and its clarity and colour are thus all natural. A natural padparadscha from Ceylon of this size and quality is rare

Also accompanied by report no. 12030002 and 12126021 dated 1 March 2012 and 18 December 2012 from the Gübelin Gemmological Laboratory stating that the 73.98 carat padparadscha is of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) origin, with no indications of heating; also accompanied by an appendix stating that the 73.98 carat padparadscha described displays a homogenous delicate orange-pink colour. The stone has a finely proportioned cut causing many internal colour reflections. Padparadscha sapphires from Sri Lanka of this size, endowed with such a combination of attributes are considered rare

Pre-Lot Text

The name padparadscha is derived from Sanskrit: ‘padma’ meaning lotus, and ‘raga’ meaning colour. The colour of the gemstone resembles the famed and beautiful lotus flower of Sri Lanka, an island off the southern most coast of India in the Indian Ocean, where the source of these remarkable gems was first discovered. Belonging to the corundum family, which also includes other famed members such as rubies and sapphires, the slight presence of different trace elements determines the nature of this gemstone. While sapphires are naturally coloured with iron and rubies with chromium, padparadschas are coloured by the presence of both. The delicate interplay of pink and orange hues make this gem one of nature’s rarest.

Lot 1611 features a phenomenal oval-shaped padparadscha weighing an astounding 73.98 carats. The stone exhibits a delicate pastel colour of pinkish orange hue, typical of the finest padparadschas from Sri Lanka. In addition, the excellent clarity and cut adds to the refinement. The unique colour and exceptional size registers this gemstone as an extraordinary find.

Lot 1780 – A SAPPHIRE, EMERALD AND DIAMOND PENDENT NECKLACE:BROOCH, BY CARTIER

Estimate:  $1,035,223 – $1,552,835

Lot 1780 - A SAPPHIRE, EMERALD AND DIAMOND PENDENT NECKLACE:BROOCH, BY CARTIER

DESIGNED AS AN OPENWORK BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMOND GIRANDOLE PENDANT, SET TO THE CENTRE WITH A CUSHION-SHAPED SAPPHIRE WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 45.82 CARATS, SUSPENDING GRADUATED SAPPHIRE AND EMERALD DROPS, TO THE DOUBLE-STRAND EMERALD BEAD NECKCHAIN WITH DIAMOND ROUNDEL ACCENTS, JOINED AT INTERVALS BY BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMOND STYLIZED LINKS, THE CLASP FURTHER ENHANCED BY A SAPPHIRE DROP (WITH BROOCH FITTING), MOUNTED IN PLATINUM, 40.5 CM LONG, IN RED LEATHER CARTIER CASE

SIGNED CARTIER, NO. 34391B
ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 0408151 DATED 19 FEBRUARY 2013 FROM THE GüBELIN GEMMOLOGICAL LABORATORY STATING THAT THE 45.82 CARAT SAPPHIRE IS OF SRI LANKA (CEYLON) ORIGIN, WITH NO INDICATIONS OF HEATING

Lot 1780

Lot 1780 2

Lot 1736 – A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND NECKLACE-BROOCH, BY CARTIER

Estimate:  $543,492 – $776,417

Lot 1736 - A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND NECKLACE-BROOCH, BY CARTIER

DESIGNED AS A SCROLLING NECKCHAIN OF BRILLIANT AND SINGLE-CUT DIAMONDS ALTERNATING WITH SQUARE AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMONDS, SUSPENDING A SCALLOPED FRINGE OF BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMONDS, THE FRONT SET WITH A DETACHABLE BROOCH, CENTERING UPON AN OCTAGONAL-SHAPED SAPPHIRE WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 17.95 CARATS, WITHIN A SQUARE AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND LOZENGE SHAPE BORDER AND TWO-TIERED BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMOND TREFOIL SURROUND (WITH ADDITIONAL NECKLACE FITTING), MOUNTED IN PLATINUM, 36.5 CM LONG

SIGNED CARTIER, PARIS, NO. 03678
ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 13025197 DATED 18 FEBRUARY 2013 FROM THE GüBELIN GEMMOLOGICAL LABORATORY STATING THAT THE 17.95 CARAT SAPPHIRE IS OF SRI LANKA (CEYLON) ORIGIN, WITH NO INDICATIONS OF HEATING

Lot 1736

Lot 1736 2

Lot 1736 3

Lot 1653 – AN UNIQUE EMERALD, RUBY AND COLOURED DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY CARVIN FRENCH

Estimate:  $517,612 – $776,417

Lot 1653 - AN UNIQUE EMERALD, RUBY AND COLOURED DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY CARVIN FRENCH

Designed as an articulated pavé-set brilliant-cut yellow diamond coiled snake with brilliant-cut yellowish brown and orange patches, a buff-top ruby and emerald head and pear-shaped emerald eyes, suspending a pear-shaped emerald weighing approximately 12.29 carats, within a brilliant-cut yellow diamond frame, mounted in 18k gold, 39.0 cm long

Signed C.F. for Carvin French, No. 10144
Accompanied by report no. 95004010 dated 22 May 2007 from the AGTA Gemological Testing Center stating that the 12.29 carat emerald is Colombia origin, with minor clarity enhancement

Lot 1653

 

Lot 1628A – AN EXCEPTIONAL JADEITE AND MULTI-GEM ‘ORPHEUS’ RING, BY ANNA HU

Estimate:  $517,612 – $776,417

Lot 1628A - AN EXCEPTIONAL JADEITE AND MULTI-GEM 'ORPHEUS' RING, BY ANNA HU

Set with a thick oval jadeite cabochon of very even vivid emerald green colour and high translucency, within a pavé-set diamond surround, enhanced by briolette emerald, yellow diamond and pink diamond detail, to the diamond-set hoop, mounted in 18k white, pink and yellow gold, cabochon approximately 23.5 x 19.0 x 11.7 mm, ring size 5¼
Signed Anna Hu
Accompanied by report no. KJ79421 dated 17 April 2013 from the Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory stating that the cabochon is natural jadeite and no polymer is detected

Lot 1628A

Lot 1723 – A PAIR OF JADEITE AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS

Estimate:  $491,731 – $750,537

Lot 1723 - A PAIR OF JADEITE AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS

EACH SUSPENDING A CARVED JADEITE BELL OF EVEN VIVID EMERALD GREEN COLOUR AND HIGH TRANSLUCENCY, TO THE BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMOND LINK AND SURMOUNT, MOUNTED IN 18K WHITE GOLD, LARGEST BELL APPROXIMATELY 31.4 X 18.3 X 4.0 MM, 5.0 CM LONG
ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. KJ79148 DATED 2 APRIL 2013 FROM THE HONG KONG JADE & STONE LABORATORY STATING THAT THE BELL IS NATURAL JADEITE AND NO POLYMER IS DETECTED (2)

 

Lot 1747 – A PAIR OF NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Estimate:  $310,567 – $452,910

Lot 1747 - A PAIR OF NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

EACH BRILLIANT AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND FURLED FOLIATE SURMOUNT, SUSPENDING A NATURAL PEARL DROP MEASURING 9.2 – 10.1 X 17.8 MM AND 9.3 – 10.5 X 17.5 MM, JOINED TO A SINGLE-CUT DIAMOND CAP, MOUNTED IN PLATINUM, 4.8 CM LONG
SIGNED VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 67420 DATED 2 APRIL 2013 FROM THE SSEF SWISS GEMMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE STATING THAT THE ANALYSED PROPERTIES CONFIRM THE AUTHENTICITY OF THESE TWO SALTWATER NATURAL PEARLS
(2)

 

Lot 1657 – A SUITE OF DIAMOND JEWELLERY, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Estimate:  $258,806 – $362,328

Lot 1657 - A SUITE OF DIAMOND JEWELLERY, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Comprising an articulated two row brilliant-cut diamond necklace, suspending seven graduated pear-shaped rose-cut diamonds, each within a brilliant-cut diamond surround, joined by a collet-set pear-shaped diamond; and a pair of ear pendants en suite, mounted in platinum and 18k yellow gold, necklace 37.8 cm long, ear pendants 4.5 cm long, with French assay marks for platinum and gold
The necklace signed and with maker’s mark for Van Cleef & Arpels, No. HK119; the ear pendants signed and with marker’s mark for Van Cleef & Arpels, No. HK121 (3)

 

Lot 1610 – A MULTI-GEM ‘LIFE IS BUT A DREAM’ NECKLACE, BY WALLACE CHAN

Estimate:  $232,925 – $362,328

Lot 1610 - A MULTI-GEM 'LIFE IS BUT A DREAM' NECKLACE, BY WALLACE CHAN

The necklace suspending a black opal pendant designed as the mythological sun god with circular-cut pink sapphire, yellow sapphire and ruby and vari-cut yellow diamond flames, extending to the similarly designed neckchain, mounted in titanium, 46.0 cm long, in red and black leather Wallace Chan case

Signed Wallace Chan

Lot 1610

Lot 1610 2

 

 

Lot 1609 – A RUBY, DIAMOND AND COLOURED DIAMOND RING, BY WALLACE CHAN

Estimate:  $194,104 – $323,507

Lot 1609 - A RUBY, DIAMOND AND COLOURED DIAMOND RING, BY WALLACE CHAN

Designed as a flowerhead, set to the centre with an oval-shaped ruby weighing approximately 3.88 carats, joined to a brilliant-cut diamond pistil, within a radiating brilliant and oval-shaped diamond openwork surround, alternating with brilliant-cut yellow diamond rays, the hoop accented by brilliant-cut diamonds, mounted in titanium, ring size 5½, in red and black leather Wallace Chan case

Signed Wallace Chan
Accompanied by report no. 9612114 dated 18 December 1996 from the Gübelin Gemmological Laboratory stating that the 3.88 carat ruby is of Burma (Myanmar) origin, with no indications of thermal treatment

Lot 1609

Pre-Lot Text

A jewellery designer of international reputation, Wallace Chan is a true innovator. His experiments with using different materials such as turquoise, tourmaline, rock crystal and aquamarine in his work, led him into inventing the “Wallace Cut”: a method of faceting combined with figurative intaglio carving. Although he won the prestigious Hong Kong Jewelry Design Grand Award in 1987 for his innovation, he continued pursuing ways to push boundaries. He found his answer with titanium. Possessing the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal and almost 50 lighter than steel, Wallace was allowed endless possibilities in his creations. The results can be seen in his works of fantasy that without a doubt establishes Wallace in a league of his own.

 

Lot 1529 – A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BROOCH

Estimate:   $155,283 – $232,925

Lot 1529 - A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BROOCH

Centering upon a circular-cut sapphire weighing approximately 12.10 carats, within a radiating furled surround set with baguette-cut diamonds, accented by brilliant-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum and 18k white gold, 5.0 cm long

Accompanied by report no. 13037005 dated 7 March 2013 from the Gübelin Gemmological Laboratory stating that the 12.10 carat sapphire is of Burma (Myanmar) origin, with no indications of heating

 

Lot 1701 – A COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND BANGLE, BY FORMS

Estimate:  $116,463 – $155,283

Lot 1701 - A COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND BANGLE, BY FORMS

DESIGNED AS A PEAR-SHAPED DIAMOND BANGLE WITH PAVé-SET BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMOND LINKS, TERMINATING IN TWO TRIANGULAR-SHAPED ROSE-CUT DIAMOND FLOWERHEADS WITH MARQUISE-CUT PINK DIAMOND PISTILS, MOUNTED IN 18K WHITE AND ROSE GOLD, INNER CIRCUMFERENCE 14.2 CM

WITH MAKER’S MARK

 

Lot 1742 – A PAIR OF NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS

Estimate:  $103,522 – $155,283

Lot 1742 - A PAIR OF NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS

EACH SUSPENDING A WHITE NATURAL PEARL DROP MEASURING APPROXIMATELY 9.4 – 9.5 X 13.0 AND 9.9 – 10.0 X 12.9 MM, JOINED TO THE SINGLE-CUT DIAMOND CAP, SUSPENDED FROM A BRILLIANT, SINGLE, BAGUETTE AND WHISTLE-CUT DIAMOND LEAF MOTIF SURMOUNT, SPACED BY A BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND, MOUNTED IN PLATINUM, 4.1 CM LONG

ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 66352 DATED 14 JANUARY 2013 FROM THE SSEF SWISS GEMMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE STATING THAT THE ANALYSED PROPERTIES CONFIRM THE AUTHENTICITY OF THESE TWO SALTWATER NATURAL PEARLS
(2)

 

Lot 1630 – A PAIR OF MULTI-GEM EAR PENDANTS, BY WALLACE CHAN

Estimate:  $103,522 – $155,283

Lot 1630 - A PAIR OF MULTI-GEM EAR PENDANTS, BY WALLACE CHAN

Each suspending a jadeite peapod of bright emerald green colour and high translucency, backed with a larger peapod set with diamond and lapis lazuli, enhanced by yellow diamond scrolls and tsavorite garnet leaf, to the similarly-set surmount, mounted in titanium, 7.3 cm long
Signed Wallace Chan
Accompanied by report no. KJ79132 dated 28 March 2013 from the Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory stating that the peapod is natural jadeite and no polymer is detected (2)

 

Lot 1732 – A PAIR OF EMERALD AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Estimate:  $71,172 – $103,522

Lot 1732 - A PAIR OF EMERALD AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

EACH SET WITH A PEAR-SHAPED EMERALD WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 3.82 AND 3.81 CARATS, JOINED TO THE SQUARE, BAGUETTE AND WHISTLE-CUT DIAMOND SCROLLING SURMOUNT, MOUNTED IN 18K WHITE GOLD, 5.3 CM LONG, WITH FRENCH ASSAY MARK FOR GOLD

SIGNED VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, NO. 51255
ACCOMPANIED BY TWO REPORTS NOS. 1006122 AND 1006121 DATED 17 JUNE 2010 FROM THE GüBELIN GEMMOLOGICAL LABORATORY STATING THAT THE 3.82 AND 3.81 CARAT EMERALD IS OF COLOMBIA ORIGIN, WITH INSIGNIFICANT CLARITY ENHANCEMENT
(2)

 

Lot 1744 – A NATURAL PEARL, PEARL AND DIAMOND BRACELET

Estimate:  $62,113 – $87,994

Lot 1744 - A NATURAL PEARL, PEARL AND DIAMOND BRACELET

CENTERING UPON AN OLD EUROPEAN-CUT DIAMOND WITHIN A PAVE-SET OLD EUROPEAN-CUT DIAMOND PLAQUE OF GEOMETRIC MOTIF, JOINED BY NINE STRANDS OF ROUND CREAM AND WHITE PEARLS MEASURING APPROXIMATELY 3.6 – 5.9 MM ON EITHER SIDE TO THE SINGLE-CUT DIAMOND CLASP, MOUNTED IN PLATINUM, 17.2 CM LONG

ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 16422730 DATED 5 NOVEMBER 2007 FROM THE GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA STATING THAT SIXTY-NINE PEARLS ARE NATURAL PEARLS

PLEASE NOTE THAT 241 PEARLS HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED FOR NATURAL ORIGIN

 

Lot 1582 – A RUBY AND DIAMOND BROOCH, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Estimate:  $51,761 – $77,642

Lot 1582 - A RUBY AND DIAMOND BROOCH, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

The openwork lozenge shape panel of foliate design, centering upon an oval-shaped ruby, within a brilliant-cut diamond and circular-cut ruby two-tiered surround and marquise-cut diamond trim, extending to the oval-shaped ruby and marquise-cut diamond quatrefoil clusters, alternating with old European-cut diamond and circular-cut ruby accents, mounted in 18k white gold, 5.8 cm long, with French assay mark for gold

Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, No. 9121 CS

Accompanied by report no. 64762 dated 3 September 2012 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the rubies weighing approximately 30.00 carat total are of Burma (Myanmar) origin, with no indications of heating

 

Lot 1752 – A CONCH PEARL AND DIAMOND BROOCH

Estimate:  $49,173 – $75,054

Lot 1752 - A CONCH PEARL AND DIAMOND BROOCH

DESIGNED AS A FLOWER, THE CONCH PEARL PISTIL SET WITHIN A CONCH PEARL SHELL PETAL SURROUND WITH FURLED TIPS, PAVé-SET ON ONE SIDE WITH BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMONDS, EXTENDING TO THE CALYX AND STEM, MOUNTED IN 18K WHITE GOLD, 10.1 CM LONG

 

Lot 1573 – A BLUE TOPAZ, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND ‘BLUE FANTASY’ RING, BY WALLACE CHAN

Estimate:  $32,351 – $45,291

Lot 1573 - A BLUE TOPAZ, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND 'BLUE FANTASY' RING, BY WALLACE CHAN

Centering upon a reverse-set oval-shaped blue topaz, within a circular-cut sapphire undulating sculpted gallery, extending to the textured half-hoop, enhanced by lines of brilliant-cut diamonds, mounted in titanium, ring size 5½
Signed Wallace Chan

 

Lot 1514 – A SET OF DIAMOND AND GOLD BROOCHES, BY CARTIER

Estimate:  $31,057 – $51,761

Lot 1514 - A SET OF DIAMOND AND GOLD BROOCHES, BY CARTIER

Comprising three textured gold bird brooches, each perched atop a gold branch, with triangular and brilliant-cut diamond eyes, further accented by brilliant-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum and 18k yellow gold, 4.3, 4.5 and 4.8 cm long, with French assay marks for platinum and gold, in brown leather Cartier case

The brooch signed and with maker’s mark for Cartier, Paris, No. 013760; the brooch signed and with maker’s mark for Cartier, Paris, No. R2795; the brooch signed and with maker’s mark for Cartier, Paris, No. 017972
(3)

 

Lot 1549 – A JADEITE, RUBY AND DIAMOND CLIP

Estimate:  $31,057 – $45,291

Lot 1549 - A JADEITE, RUBY AND DIAMOND CLIP

Centering upon a carved jadeite coin of rich emerald green colour and glassy translucency, to the cabochon ruby surmount, enhanced by rectangular-shaped diamond and ruby detail, mounted in white and yellow gold, coin diameter approximately 24.8 mm, thickness approximately 1.4 mm, 3.6 cm long
Accompanied by report no. KJ78857 dated 15 March 2013 from Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory stating that the coin is natural jadeite and no polymer is detected

 

Lot 1513 – A SUITE OF SAPPHIRE, RUBY, EMERALD AND DIAMOND JEWELLERY, BY BUCCELLATI

Estimate:  $19,410 – $32,351

Lot 1513 - A SUITE OF SAPPHIRE, RUBY, EMERALD AND DIAMOND JEWELLERY, BY BUCCELLATI

Designed as a series of openwork foliate motifs, set with circular-cut rubies, sapphires and emeralds, within a sculpted gold surround, spaced by collet-set brilliant-cut diamond spacers; and a pair of ear clips en suite, mounted in 18k white and yellow gold, necklace 37.5 cm long; ear clips 2.8 cm long

The necklace signed Gianmaria Buccellati, Italy, No. K12188; the ear clips signed Gianmaria Buccellati, Italy, No. H6342
(3)

 

Lot 1750 – A CONCH PEARL, DIAMOND AND RUBY PENDANT:BROOCH

Estimate:  $15,528 – $23,293

Lot 1750 - A CONCH PEARL, DIAMOND AND RUBY PENDANT:BROOCH

DESIGNED AS A FLOWERHEAD, THE BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMOND PETALS ACCENTED BY CIRCULAR-CUT RUBIES, INTERSPERSED BY CONCH PEARLS MEASURING APPROXIMATELY 5.7 – 8.0 MM, MOUNTED IN PLATINUM, 3.5 CM LONG

ACCOMPANIED BY REPORT NO. 1152161662 DATED 2 JANUARY 2013 FROM THE GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA STATING THAT TEN CONCH PEARLS ARE NATURAL SALTWATER PEARLS. THE TESTED PEARLS SHOW NO INDICATION OF TREATMENT

 

Lot 1733 – AN ART DECO DIAMOND DOUBLE CLIP BROOCH, BY ROOD

Estimate:  $12,940 – $19,410

Lot 1733 - AN ART DECO DIAMOND DOUBLE CLIP BROOCH, BY ROOD

EACH DESIGNED AS AN OPENWORK HALF-DISC, PAVé-SET WITH BRILLIANT AND SINGLE-CUT DIAMONDS, ACCENTED BY GRADUATED OLD EUROPEAN AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND BANDS, MOUNTED IN PLATINUM AND 18K WHITE GOLD, CIRCA 1930, 5.1 CM LONG
SIGNED ROOD

 

Lot 1527 – A PAIR OF DIAMOND AND RUBY EAR PENDANTS, BY GIMEL

Estimate:  ($10,352 – $15,528

Lot 1527 - A PAIR OF DIAMOND AND RUBY EAR PENDANTS, BY GIMEL

Designed as a pair of chefs serving a bottle of wine, set with vari-cut diamonds and rubies, mounted in platinum, 3.7 cm long, in grey suede Gimel case
Signed and with maker’s mark for Gimel (2)

 

Lot 1512 – A PAIR OF DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS, BY BUCCELLATI

Estimate:  $7,764 – $10,352

Lot 1512 - A PAIR OF DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS, BY BUCCELLATI

Of openwork foliate design, set with brilliant-cut diamonds, within textured gold surrounds, joined by a collet-set brilliant-cut diamond spacer, mounted in 18k white and yellow gold, 5.9 cm long
Signed Gianmaria Buccellati, Italy, No. E4839
(2)

 

Please be sure to check back after the sale as I update each lot with its realized sale price.

All photos, estimates and descriptions courtesy of Christie’s

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