Earlier this week, Bonhams released the catalog for its upcoming Fine Jewelry & Jadeite sale in Hong Kong on November 23rd, 2013. The 210-lot sale features a number of fine jadeite specimens, including a spectacular lavender jadeite bead, ruby and diamond necklace (lot 1187, est. $340,000 – $460,000), a candy-apple green jadeite bangle (lot 1186, est. $260,000 – $320,000) and a superb jadeite and diamond ring and pendent earring suite (lot 1188, est. $390,000 – $490,000).
Among the jadeite highlights are several colored diamonds and beautiful signed jewels from Buccellati, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as an outrageous late Art Deco bracelet by Oscar Heyman. For contemporary jewelry lovers, there is an exceptional ruby and diamond bracelet by recent AGTA winner J.W. Currens for Faidee and two rings by Hatik.
Without further ado, here are my picks from the sale:
Lot 1210 – A rare early 20th century fancy coloured diamond, diamond and emerald pendant necklace, circa 1910
Estimate: $290,000 – $350,000
The articulated pendant of pierced design, pavé-set with old brilliant-cut diamonds, set centrally with a fancy vivid yellow pear-shaped diamond, weighing 5.26 carats, between trios of brilliant-cut diamonds and calibré-cut emerald decoration, all suspended from a detachable surmount and necklace of pierced design, millegrain set throughout, diamonds approximately 3.55 carats total pendant length 5.8cm, necklace length 26.6cm
Lot 1202 – An exceptional ruby and diamond bracelet, by JW Currens for Faidee
Estimate: $150,000 – $210,000
The articulated bracelet set with clusters of cabochon rubies of various sizes and pear-shaped diamonds of alternating heights, all connected by delicate courses of brilliant-cut diamonds, diamonds approximately 8.55 carats total, rubies approximately 43.35 carats total, length 18.0cm
Lot 1176 – A sapphire and diamond ring, by Piranesi
Estimate: $130,000 – $190,000
Set with a sugarloaf sapphire, weighing 24.60 carats, flanked to each side by shield-shaped diamonds, diamonds approximately 1.10 carats total, ring size 6½
Lot 1178 – A sapphire and diamond necklace, by Buccellati, circa 1965
Estimate: $50,000 – $71,000
Designed as a continuous row of pierced and textured links, alternating with brilliant-cut diamonds, suspending a highly articulated cascade of brilliant-cut diamonds and pear-shaped sapphires, each with a fine claw setting, to a concealed clasp, diamonds approximately 19.40 carats total, sapphires approximately 16.00 carats total, signed Buccellati, accompanied by extra links, necklace length 35.2cm, cased
Lot 1022 – A diamond, cultured pearl and enamel brooch, by Tiffany & Co.
Estimate: $3,200 – $5,200
Designed as a dragon, the claw holding a cultured pearl, the body, tail and wings highlighted by enamel and brilliant-cut diamonds, signed Tiffany & Co., length 6.0cm
Lot 1182 – An impressive art deco sapphire, diamond and coloured diamond bracelet, by Oscar Heyman, circa 1940
Estimate: $71,000 – $97,000
The central oval-cut sapphire wrapped within a twirling ribbon pavé-set with brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds, issuing opposing bursts of variously-cut diamonds of yellow tint and fancy-cut sapphires highlighted with brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds, the openwork strap of geometric design set with similarly cut diamonds, diamonds approximately 15.95 carats total, sapphires approximately 30.00 carats total, diamonds untested for natural colour, maker’s mark, length 17.5cm
Lot 1194 – An impressive ruby and diamond necklace, by Van Cleef and Arpels, 1969
Estimate: $210,000 – $310,000
Designed as a series of cabochon rubies within a surround of brilliant-cut diamonds, each cluster connected by pairs of brilliant-cut diamonds and a single cabochon ruby, the articulated back chain and clasp set with similarly cut diamonds and rubies, diamonds approximately 33.50 carats total, rubies approximately 160.00 carats total, signed V.C.A., numbered, length 45.7cm
Lot 1017 – A cultured pearl, sapphire and diamond bracelet, by Van Cleef and Arpels
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000
The four rows of slightly graduated cultured pearls, measuring 6.6-8.4mm, to a clasp of tied ribbon design, set with square and triangular-cut sapphires and brilliant-cut diamond highlights, sapphires approximately 18.00 carats total, signed Van Cleef and Arpels, numbered, length 19.2cm
Lot 1102 – A coloured diamond and diamond ring
Estimate: $58,000 – $71,000
The cushion-shaped coloured diamond, weighing approximately 6.60 carats, within a four-claw setting, to a brilliant-cut diamond gallery and shoulders, diamond untested for natural colour, ring size 6
Lot 1073 – A pair of titanium earclips, by JAR
Estimate: $3,100 – $5,200
Each realistically modelled as a brightly coloured lily pad,signed JAR Paris, length 5.5cm, fitted pouch by JAR
Lot 1180 – A ruby and diamond dress ring, by Hatik
Estimate: $100,000 – $130,000
Realistically modelled as a flower head, the stamen set with a cushion-shaped ruby, weighing 3.00 carats, within a undulating petal surround pavé-set with brilliant-cut diamonds, to a hoop designed as the stem, diamonds approximately 2.50 carats total, signed Hatik, ring size 6
Accompanied by a Gübelin Gemlab report stating that the natural ruby has no indications of heat treatment and originates from Burma (Myanmar). Report number 0406044, dated 14 June 2004.
Accompanied by a GRS report stating that the natural ruby is vivid red (GRS type “pigeon’s blood”), with no indications of heat treatment and originates from Burma (Myanmar). Report number GRS2013-098180, dated 10 September 2013.
Mourad Hatik is a renowned gemstone collector. Coming from a banking background, he soon turns his passion for gemstones into a much profitable business, and eventually becomes a leading authority in fine and rare coloured stones. In recent years, he has established his own brand and designs his own jewellery. Under his brand name, HATIK, he designs, assembles and oversees the creative process of his jewelry, putting together the finest gemstones in his personal collection and exceptional craftsmanship into a work of art. His exquisite jewelry may only be view by appointment only and at private exhibitions.
Lot 1063 – A pair of diamond earrings, by Chanel
Estimate: $15,000 – $21,000
The circular surmount with pendulum drop pavé-set with brilliant-cut diamonds, terminating in a pear-shaped diamond,diamonds approximately 4.50 carats total, length 3.5cm
Lot 1172 – An art deco sapphire and diamond bracelet, by Van Cleef and Arpels, circa 1925
Estimate: $61,000 – $81,000
The highly articulated bracelet set with a row of step-cut sapphire spaced by brilliant-cut diamonds, flanked by a row of brilliant-cut diamonds with triangular-cut sapphire highlights, diamonds approximately 7.60 carats total, sapphires approximately 14.40 carats total, signed Van Cleef and Arpels Paris, numbered, length 17.0cm
Lot 1160 – A sapphire and diamond ring, circa 1920
Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000
Of shield design, the triangular-shaped sapphire, weighing 4.52 carats, within a baguette, triangular and brilliant-cut diamond surround, diamonds approximately 1.25 carats total, ring size 5
Accompanied by a SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute report stating that the natural sapphire has no indications of heat treatment and originates from Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Report number 66371, dated 15 January 2013.
Lot 1193 – A magnificent diamond necklace and bracelet combination, by Van Cleef and Arpels, circa 1950
Estimate: $190,000 – $320,000
The highly articulated necklace, designed as rows of baguette-cut diamonds and a row of brilliant-cut diamonds alternating with baguette-cut diamonds, to a concealed clasp, the necklace breaks down to form two individual bracelets, a strap bracelet or a bracelet of entwined design, the bracelets accompanied by a clasp pavé-set with baguette-cut diamonds, diamonds approximately 55.70 carats total, signed Van Cleef & Arpels Paris, French assay marks, numbered, necklace length 45.7cm, bracelet length 17.5cm
Lot 1201 – A sapphire and diamond cluster ring, by Tiffany & Co.
Estimate: $140,000 – $170,000
The cushion-cut sapphire, weighing 4.46 carats, surrounded by old brilliant-cut diamonds, diamonds approximately 1.55 carats total, signed Tiffany & Co., ring size 6¼
Accompanied by a SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute report stating that the natural sapphire has no indications of heat treatment and originates from Kashmir. Report number 59208, date 30 March 2011.
Accompanied by a AGL American Gemmological Laboratories report stating that the natural sapphire has no indications of heat treatment and originates from Kashmir. Report number CS 51407, dated 28 August 2012.
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 Bonhams