In the upcoming Hong Kong spring auction, Sotheby’s will present a meticulously curated Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Sale showcasing rare gems and intricately crafted jewels. The sale will be headlined by a spectacular 88.22-carat oval diamond which has achieved the highest rankings under each of the four Cs. Here are some highlights featured at the media preview.
The Spectacular 88.22-Carat Oval Diamond| Estimate: HK$88m-100m (US$11.2m-12.7m)
The focal point of the sale is the leading 88.22-carat oval diamond, expected to fetch HK$88m-100m (US$11.2m-12.7m). It weighs impressive 88.22 carats. The diamond is D colour, the highest grade for a white diamond. It is completely flawless, both internally and externally. The stone belongs to the rare subgroup comprising less than 2% of all gem diamonds, known as Type IIa*.
The 88.22-carat oval diamond is in a similar size of a quail egg
This exceptional large diamond was yielded from a 242-carat rough stone that was discovered in Botswana in the mine of Jwaneng, which was known for producing roughs of the highest quality.
An impressive emerald and diamond necklace, Toscane, Van Cleef & Arpels｜Estimate: HK$5.6m-7.5m (US$715,000-960,0000)
A rare emerald, ruby and diamond brooch, circa 1750｜Estimate: HK$2m-3m (US$255,000-383,000)
An important ruby and diamond brooch, Bellflowers, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1960s｜Estimate: HK$3.2m-4.8m (US$408,000-615,0000)
An important ruby, diamond and onyx bangle, Panthère, Cartier｜Estimate: HK$8m-9.6m (US$1.02m-1.23m)
The sale also presents iconic designs by famed jewellers, such as Cartier 'Panthère' bangle, Van Cleef & Arpels Mystery Set 'Bellflowers' brooch and Bulgari's Serpenti.
Ruby and diamond bracelet｜Estimate: HK$8.5m-9.5m (US$1.09m-1.22m)
An impressive diamond ring｜Estimate: HK$11m-16m (US$1.41m-2.04m)
A rare fancy vivld blue daimond and diamond ring｜Estimate: HK$46m-60m (US$5.87m-7.65m)
Alongside the 88.22-carat oval brilliant diamond, the sale will feature two additional gems embody the number 88 in their carat weight. The number 8 is a symbol of perfection and eternity, often associated with prosperity because the Chinese prounciation of 8 (ba) is similar to that of fortune (fa).
A 13.88 carat sapphire and diamond ring｜Estimate: HK$14m-18m (US$1.79m-2.3m)
A pair of jadeite double hoop, ruby, and diamond pendent earrings｜Estimate: HK$4.5m-6.5m (US$575,000-830,000)
A 10.88 carat diamond ring｜Estimate: HK$9.5m-11m (US$1.2m-1.41m)
Auction house: Sotheby’s Hong Kong
Sale: Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Sale
29 March 2019 | 10am - 5:30pm
30-31 March 2019 | 10am-8pm
1 April 2019 | 10am-6:30pm
Sale date: 2 April 2019 | 2 pm, 4pm