A fancy colored diamond ring by Cindy Chao
dominates Bonhams Hong Kong Fine Jewelry & Jadeite sale this November

Fancy colored diamonds, Colombian emeralds, Burmese rubies, Kashmir sapphires and natural pearls all feature as top lots in Bonhams Rare Jewels & Jadeite sale on 26 November in Hong Kong.

As the fastest growing auction house in the world, Bonhams has curated a 120-lot sale to appeal to its Asian and global client base.

Headlining the sale is an impressive Fancy Colored Diamond and Diamond dress ring by Cindy Chao estimated for HK$8,000,000 – 10,000,000 (US$1,000,000 – 1,300,000). The Fancy Pink-Purple oval-cut diamond, weighing 4.23 carats, is wrapped within a setting of ribbon design, pave-set with brilliant and cushion-cut diamonds. It is accompanied by a GIA report stating that the diamond is Fancy Pink-Purple color

Graeme Thompson, Head of Jewelry, Bonhams Asia, said: "We're delighted to bring this magnificent ring to auction for the first time. Cindy Chao is one of the most sought after Asian jewelers of the 21st century, renowned for harnessing the ancient architectural legacy of her family to create one-of-a-kind jewels. Through her talented hands, every piece of jewelry she designs is a masterpiece."

The Cindy Chao brand has a strong following among celebrities, including actresses Li Bingbing, Shu Qi and Katie Holmes.

The king of sapphires – Kashmir
Exceptional quality Kashmir sapphires always catch the eyes of serious collectors during the pre-sale previews according to Bonhams. Graeme Thompson explains: "The mines, located high in the Himalayan mountain range in north west India, were only open for a period of approximately 30 years from the late 1880s onwards. Supplies were soon exhausted, making Kashmir sapphires extremely rare."

In its forthcoming sale, Bonhams is auctioning two important sapphire rings:

A 17.33 carat Sapphire and Diamond ring, mounted by Bulgari, estimated at HK$2,900,000-3,900,000 (US$370,000-500,000). The oval-cut sapphire is set between crescent-shaped diamond shoulders and is accompanied by two reports stating the natural sapphire has no indications of heat treatment and originates from Burma (Myanmar).
A 6.96 carat Kashmir Sapphire, Ruby and Diamond ring with a pre-sale estimate of HK$1,600,000 - 2,600,000 (US$200,000 - 330,000). The cushion-shaped sapphire is set within a calibré-cut ruby surround, accented by rose-cut diamonds. It is accompanied by three reports confirming the sapphire originates from Kashmir and has no indication of heat treatment.

Best in class Colombian emeralds set to attract buyers' attention

A 10.02 carat 'No Oil' Colombian Emerald and Diamond ring estimated at HK$3,400,000 - 4,000,000 (US$440,000 - 510,000) will also feature in Bonhams Hong Kong sale. The cushion-shaped emerald is set between trillion-cut diamond shoulders and is accompanied by reports from SSEF and Gubelin gem laboratories stating that the natural emerald has no indications of clarity enhancement and originates from Colombia.

Graeme Thompson says: "Colombia is the source of the finest quality old mine emeralds that are the most sought after. As a result, finding such a magnificent emerald with no oil, weighing over 10 carats is quite something and we're delighted to bring this wonderful specimen to auction."

Bonhams will also be offering a number of other important lots featuring emeralds including:

A Colombian Emerald and Diamond necklace by Harry Winston set with emeralds weighing 6.72, 4.52 and 3.70 carats. This has a pre-sale estimate of HK$1,900,000 - 2,500,000 (US$240,000 - 320,000).
A 27.03 carat Colombian Emerald and Diamond ring estimated at HK$950,000 - 1,200,000 (US$120,000 - 150,000). The sugar-loaf cabochon emerald is set between trapeze-cut diamond shoulders and is accompanied by a report stating that the natural emerald is vivid green color, originates from Colombia and has minor indications of clarity enhancement.
An Early 20th Century pair of Colombian Emerald and Diamond Pendant earrings estimated at HK$1,300,000 - 1,600,000 (US$170,000 - 200,000). The earrings are circa 1920 and each pendant earring is set with a step-cut emerald weighing approximately three carats each. A certificate accompanies them from the SSEF stating 'no oil'. The earrings are early 20th Century in style. For jewelry, this era is renowned for its outstanding craftsmanship and exceptional examples like this are in demand from collectors from around the globe. (The Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index focuses on the performance of jewelry and cited early 20th Century jewelry as increasing by 93 per cent across the last decade.)

Another important lot to go under the hammer at Bonhams will be A 17.33 carat Burmese Sapphire and Diamond ring, mounted by Bulgari. Bulgari's name is synonymous with luxury and the brand is recognizable around the world. Its jewelry design is distinctive, characterized by instantly identifiable, bold, architectural designs. Bulgari is also famous for colored stones, especially sapphires. As a result, Bonhams is particularly delighted to bring this lot to auction featuring an oval-cut sapphire, beautifully set between crescent-shaped diamond shoulders. The sapphire is accompanied by two reports stating the natural sapphire has no indications of heat treatment and originates from Burma (Myanmar). It has a pre-sale estimate of HK$2,900,000 - 3,900,000 (US$370,000 - 500,000).

Natural pearls by Tiffany up for auction
Natural pearls will also feature in the sale that will take place at Bonhams Hong Kong on Sunday 26 November at 2pm. A Natural Pearl and Diamond necklace signed by Tiffany & Co, and dated 1910, features 81 graduated round to off-round natural pearls with the largest measuring 10.10mm diameter and is completed by a marquise-cut diamond weighing 2.97 carats. Accompanied by a SSEF report stating that the natural pearls are of saltwater origin, the necklace is estimated at HK$2,000,000 - 3,000,000 (US$260,000 - 380,000).

Graeme Thompson adds: "Collectors are increasingly snapping up natural pearls because of their increasing rarity. Really good examples of natural pearls – based on size, uniform shape, luster and blemish-free skins – do not appear on the market as often as they used to and it's very difficult to find good quality examples such as these. Long-term, they will become more of a rarity and therefore even more highly-prized. These pearls have a lovely cream body color and a rosé overtone which is highly prized among Asian collectors."

In the newly released Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index it cites pearls as rising 282 per cent in value across the last decade.

Ruby, ruby, ruby.....
Signed jewelry by Harry Winston regularly performs well at Bonhams auctions in New York, London and Hong Kong. The legendary American jeweler has gained a global following and his pieces are admired and collected by Bonhams' clients around the world. In its next auction, Bonhams will be offering A Burmese Ruby and Diamond necklace by Harry Winston for HK$1,800,000 - 2,800,000 (US$230,000 - 360,000). The necklace features 33 cabochon rubies, weighing approximately 160 carats, accented by brilliant, pear and marquise-cut diamonds weighing 60 carats. It is accompanied by an SSEF report stating the 33 natural rubies have no indication of heat treatment and originate from Burma (Myanmar).

Diamonds set to sparkle
Bonhams CEO and Group Head of Jewelry Matthew Girling will be flying in from New York to take the auction which will also feature a number of important diamonds. The highest value diamond lot is A 10.03 carat E color VS2 Clarity Diamond and Colored Diamond ring by British jewelry designer Stephen Webster estimated at HK$1,500,000 - 2,200,000 (US$190,000 - 280,000). Stephen Webster is regarded as one of the most prominent jewelry designers of his generation. Founded upon 35 vibrant years of exquisite craftsmanship and fearless creativity, he is celebrated for creating modern classics with an eternally chic and glamorous persona.

Central to this creation of Stephen Webster's is a brilliant-cut diamond – which is certified by the GIA as E color and VS2 clarity. It is set within an openwork 'thunderbolt' frame of pink diamonds and further set with brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds and accented by marquise-cut diamonds, creating the ultimate statement ring.

The second is A Fancy Colored Diamond and Diamond necklace by Salavetti, estimated at HK$1,200,000 - 1,600,000 (US$150,000 - 200,000). The pear-shaped diamond drop, suspended from a row of marquise-cut diamonds, is completed by a necklace of similarly-cut diamonds.

Graeme Thompson says: "We have a wonderful sale coming up, featuring magnificent gemstones and exceptionally rare pieces of jewelry, perfect to add to any collection. The sale features some impressive examples of signed jewelry by world renowned Houses and designers which are always in demand and popular with our discerning clients from all around the world."

Andrew Shirley, who compiles Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, said: "The Q2 2017 index focuses on the performance of jewelry, which rose by 142 per cent over the past 10 years. It shows how jewelry continues to capture the imagination of wealthy collectors and is a genuine investment of passion – offering not only great pleasure to its owners, but also acting as a highly mobile store of wealth."

Preview dates and times:

Fubon International Convention Center, Basement 2nd Floor, No. 108, Sec. 1, Dunhua S.Rd., Songshan District, Taipei City 105, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
28 and 29 October 2017

CHINA – By appointment only
Venue tbc
7-9 November 2017

SINGAPORE - By appointment only
The Regent hotel, 1 Cuscanden Road, Singapore
16-18 November 2017

Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery, Suite 2001, One Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong
22-26 November 2017


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge and Edinburgh; in the US, in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also 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 forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com

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