Splendid gems, all symbols of love, take centre stage at the Bonhams Hong Kong Fine Jewellery and Jadeite Auction on 23 November.
A symbol of love and immortality, rubies possess an inextinguishable inner fire which has been the subject of many myths and legends throughout the centuries, while the vivacious red is said to bless wearers with wealth, good health and wisdom.
Among the diverse range of jewellery being offered are two exquisite rings, their fiery stones with superb hue and quality associated with divine power. Lot 1053 is a 3.01 carats rare unheated Burmese 'Pigeon's Blood' ruby and diamond ring estimated at HK$840,000 - 1,160,000. The ruby possesses a colour and quality that is impressive, while its contemporary design lends to its beauty. Lot 1052, another ruby and diamond ring, features an unheated vibrant red Burmese ruby, of 6.00 carats, within a timeless setting of diamonds and is estimated to fetch between HK$1,030,000 - 1,300,000.
Known as the 'royal gem', sapphires possess a deep blue colour, symbolising truth, sincerity, faithfulness and everlasting love. Above all, sapphires are known for the protection they are said to provide. Lot 1055 is a 23.45 carat sapphire and diamond ring. The Burmese gem is unheated and its exceptional deep blue colour and notable clarity as well as its classical style contribute to its rareness and beauty. The ring is estimated at HK$4,080,000 - 5,000,000.
Diamonds are a universal symbol of love and synonymous with power, brilliance, strength and incomparable beauty. A highlight of the sale is Lot 1054, a sparkling 5.03 carats diamond ring of D colour and internally flawless clarity, estimate at HK$2,680,000 – 3,000,000. Last, but definitely not the least, is Lot 1056, a magnificent 14.28 carat natural light pink diamond ring. Most pink diamonds present a colour modifier such as brown, orange or purple, but this particular diamond is graded light pink by GIA, which makes it especially rare. The gem is identified by Gubelin Gem Lab as a Type IIa diamond, with a clarity grade of VVS1. This impressive diamond is estimated to fetch between HK$6,100,000 – 7,300,000.
Commenting on the collection offered, Graeme Thompson, head of jewellery for Bonhams Asia, said: "The international jewellery market remains very competitive at auction with buyers preferring quality above many other factors. We are therefore delighted to be offering such a diverse collection of fine jewellery, diamonds, jadeite and coloured stones, each piece being sourced with our clients at the forefront of our mind."
Highlights of the sale include:
Lot 1028 A pair of jadeite and diamond pendant earrings
Estimate: HK 1,300,000-1,600,000
Lot 1048 A diamond ring (5.42carats, D colour, VS2 clarity)
Estimate: HK 1,400,000 - 1,500,000
Lot 1049 A jadeite and diamond brooch
Estimate: HK 900,000-1,100,000
Lot 1050 A star sapphire and diamond ring
Estimate: HK 932,000 - 1,100,000
Lot 1051 A sapphire, diamond and ruby ring and earring suite
Estimate: HK 710,000- 840,000
Lot 1052 A ruby and diamond ring
Estimate: HK 1,030,000 - 1,300,000
Lot 1053 A ruby and diamond ring
Lot 1054 A diamond ring ( 5.03 carats, D colour and Internally Flawless clarity)
Estimate: HK 2,680,000 - 3,000,000
Lot 1055 A sapphire and diamond ring
Estimate: HK 4,080,000 - 5,000,000
Lot 1056 A magnificent diamond single-stone ring
(natural light pink colour and VVS1 clarity, type IIA)
Estimate: HK 6,100,000 - 7,300,000
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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. 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 five throughout the UK. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Boston in the USA; Toronto, Canada; and France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Dubai. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 57 specialist areas. By the end of 2009, Bonhams had become UK market leaders in ten key specialist collecting areas.
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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 valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com