23 May 2012
Bonhams offers a magnificent selection of jadeite and diamonds at its Spring Auction of Fine Jewelry and Jadeite to be held on 26 May 2012 at the Island Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong.
While diamonds are universally known as a 'girl's best friend', jadeite is equally revered in China.
Jadeite, a variety of jade, shares a deep historical connection with Chinese culture. In the long history of the Chinese empire, jade always had a very special significance comparable with that of gold and diamonds in the west. It is said to be imbued with healing power, while protecting the life and health of the wearer. Even today, Chinese often regard jade as a symbol of the good, beautiful, and precious.
For jadeite, the intensity of the color, combined with the degree of translucency are the key factors in judging its value.
Diamond symbolism has not remained constant but has changed over time, reflecting the underlying beliefs and values of a particular age.
In pre-modern times, diamonds were often associated with divine realities and on that account became spiritual symbols. Today diamonds are identified with romantic love and have become the primary symbol of love and its commitments leading to engagement and marriage.
The Bonhams Hong Kong auction of Fine Jewelry and Jadeite offers 238 lots with a total estimate of over HK$101 million. Among these lots are a rich selection of the some of the best jadeite and diamonds that are filled with the auspicious symbolisms of health, protection and love. What more could a girl want!
Highlights of the auction include:
1. Lot 732 Jadeite and diamond necklace and earring suite.
Estimate: HK$16,800,000 - 20,000,000
2. Lot 728 A pair of Harry Winston 7ct & 6.94ct D/IF Type lla pear-shaped diamond and diamond earclips, cluster tops 11.12ct in total, D to E color, IF to VS2 clarity.
Estimate: HK$12,000,000 - 14,000,000
3. Lot 727 A 10.15ct D/IF Type lla cushion cut diamond ring.
Estimate: HK$8,860,000 – 11,800,000
4. Lot 722 A jadeite and diamond pendant.
Estimate: HK$6,880,000 – 7,500,000
5. Lot 695 A jadeite and diamond pendant necklace.
Estimate: HK$4,380,000 – 5,380,000
6. Lot 738 A pair of jadeite and diamond earrings.
Estimate: HK$2,640,000 – 3,100,000
7. Lot 719 A jadeite and diamond ring.
Estimate: HK$1,800,000 – 2,200,000
8. Lot 715 A 3.81ct unheated Burmese ruby and diamond ring.
Estimate: HK$1,640,000 – 2,100,000
9. Lot 711 A 15.75ct unheated Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring.
Estimate: HK$940,000 -1,340,000
10. Lot 729 A 6.41ct Fancy Intense Yellow/VS1 emerald cut diamond ring.
Estimate: HK$940,000 – 1,240,000
11. Lot 730 A 3.52ct Fancy Yellow/IF & 2.62ct Fancy Brown Pink/VVS1 diamond ring.
Estimate: HK$900,000 – 1,300,000
12. Lot 731 A 5.08ct oval cut Fancy Vivid Yellow/S12 diamond ring.
Estimate: HK$860,000 – 1,170,000
13. Lot 716 A 4.01ct E/VVS2 marquise cut diamond ring.
Estimate: HK$840,000 – 1,240,000
14. Lot 718 A jadeite saddle ring.
Estimate: HK$800,000 - 1,000,000
Representatives of the media are invited to come to the public previews and the auction on 26 May.
For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, go to www.bonhams.com.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com