There was spirited bidding on the phones, in the room and online at the Bonhams
Fine Jewellery and Jadeite auction today in Hong Kong. The sale achieved robust results with top lots going to Asian private collectors.
There was heavy interest in both diamonds and jade, with many important lots selling above their high estimates. The top lot was the Flawless Collection of Hearts and Arrows Diamonds. This exceptionally rare collection of 16 D colour, Flawless, Internally Flawless brilliant-cut diamonds (weighing 39.98 carats total) sold for HK$ 20,280,000. A stunning collection of jewellery designed by Marina B was also well received by bidders and made a total of more than HK$ 10 million. Other highlights included a Jade Bangle that achieved HK$ 6,520,000 (estimate: 780,000-1,200,000) and a Fine Two Strand Jadeite Bead Necklace that achieved HK$ 5,200,000 (estimate: HK$ 250,000-450,000).
We are delighted with the result and it is testament to the strength of the Asian market for rare items such the Flawless Collection of Hearts and Arrows Diamonds and the Marina B jewels. The sale also excelled in the jadeite and gemstone categories, said Graeme Thompson, Director of Jewellery at Bonhams Asia. We look forward to bringing more rare, collectable and exclusive gems and jewels to the Asian markets next year.
AN IMPORTANT EMERALD AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING
The antique cushion-shaped emerald, weighing 10.09 carats, within a brilliant-cut diamond surround, between shoulders of similarly cut diamonds, diamonds approximately 8.00 carats total, ring size 6. Sold for HK$ 7,240,000 inc. premium
A JADE BANGLE
The highly translucent jadeite bangle of bright apple green colour, suffused with intense green streaks, outer and inner diameter and thickness approximately 83.5 x 60.4 x 11.0mm. Sold for HK$ 5,200,000 inc. premium
A FINE TWO STRAND JADEITE BEAD NECKLACE
Comprising two strands of forty-nine and fifty-five graduated bright emerald green jadeite beads of very good translucency, measuring approximately 9.3-4.3mm, the clasp set with a cabochon jadeite of similar colour and translucency, length 39.0cm. Sold for HK$ 6,520,000 inc. premium
A MAGNIFICENT SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND 'AMELIA' NECKLACE AND EARRING SUITE, BY MARINA B
The highly articulated necklace set with twelve cushion-shaped sapphires to the front, the largest weighing 15.95 carats, within pear and brilliant-cut diamond surrounds, spaced by marquise and pear-shaped diamonds, the backchain with concealed clasp of similar design; accompanied by a pair of earrings en-suite, diamonds approximately 92.30 carats total, sapphires 104.81 carats total, all signed Marina B, maker's marks, necklace length 43.50cm (2) Sold for HK$ 4,840,000 inc. premium
The next Fine Jewellery sales takes place at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London, at 1 pm (GMT) on 4 December 2014 and at Bonhams New York on 8 December 2014 at 2pm (EST).