Phillips’ Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale is set to be held on 28 May in Hong Kong, featuring 156 lots of gemstones, signed vintage and period jewellery, important diamonds and jadeites.
Leading the sale is an unheated Kashmir sapphire and diamond necklace, with twenty one cushion-shaped sapphires weighing 52.50 carats. With a selection of the rare sapphires, the necklace is composed in a pleasant graduation accentuated by specially-cut diamonds. Each sapphire is cradled by petals of a tulip flower, resembling a treasure held closely in one’s palms.
All the blue sapphires on this necklace hail from Kashmir, specifically in a valley amidst the Himalayan Mountains between Pakistan and China. These blue gems were first discovered in the region in 1879 allegedly from a landslip. In less than ten years, the area where sapphires were yielded is known to us nowadays as the ‘Old Mine’ and it is now completed exhausted.
Also belongs to the same corundum family is a 21.2-carat Padparadscha Sapphire surrounded by 8-carat pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds. To befit the esteemed title of ‘padparadscha’, a sapphire must possess an orange and a pink hue at the same time. This unique chromatic combination is frequently compared to the blooming lotus flower (Nelumbo Nucifera ‘Speciosa'), padma in Sinhalese, from which the name padparadscha was derived.
Few people know that padparadscha belongs to the same corundum family where blue sapphires and rubies are from. They made its royal début earlier this year, when Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York announced her engagement to Jack Brooksbank with an oval padparadscha ring.
A pair of 14.59 and 12.54-carat Colombian Muzo no-oil emerald and diamond pendent earrings by Harry Winston boasts two mesmerizing emeralds in lush green colour, suspended from surmounts from one of the most iconic designs in the Winston Cluster. Diamonds of various shapes are set at different angles with minimal platinum to heighten the scintillation.
Highlights of the sale
A Very Fine Jadeite Cabochon and Diamond Necklace, and a Pair of Matching Earrings
Lot no.: 629
Note: Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory reports, numbered KJ97843(1-10), KJ97839 and KJ97840, dated 14 March 2018, Type A jadeites, natural colour without any resin.
Estimate: HK$19,000,000 - 30,000,000
A Very Rare and Important Sapphire and Diamond Necklace
Twenty-one cushion-shaped sapphires, totalling 52.50 carats
Lot no.: 657
AGL report, numbered 1091315, dated 20 March 2018
SSEF report, all Kashmir (except for a 1.11-carat sapphire, undetermined)
Estimate: HK$17,000,000 - 23,000,000
An Unmounted Diamond
One brilliant-cut diamond, 21.05 carats
Lot no.: 619
Note: GIA report, numbered 2191057186, dated 15 February 2018, E colour, Internally Flawless clarity, Excellent Cut, Polish and Symmetry.
Estimate: HK$15,000,000 - 18,000,000
A Magnificent Pair of Emerald and Diamond Pendent Earclips, Earclips Signed Harry Winston
Two pear-shaped emeralds, 14.59 and 12.54 carats
Lot no.: 638
Signed: Earclips signed HW for Harry Winston and numbered 67522
Note: AGL report, numbered 1089598 A and B, dated 26 January 2018
SSEF report, numbered 97572, dated 23 January 2018
Estimate: HK$13,800,00 - 17,000,000
An Exceptional and Rare Padparadscha Sapphire and Diamond Ring
One oval padparadscha sapphire, 21.20 carats
Lot no.: 618
Note: Gübelin report, numbered 17097145, dated 14 September 2017
SSEF report, numbered 89417, dated 16 January 2017
Estimate: HK$6,300,000 - 7,300,000
Auction house: Phillips Hong Kong
Sale: Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale on 28 May 2018
Location: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
Auction date: 2018/5/28｜2:30pm