Showstopping gems and watches set to dazzle

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 October, 2009, 12:00am

Sotheby's will offer highly desirable gems, watches and jadeite next Wednesday, with more than 320 lots estimated to generate more than HK$270 million.

The showstopper is the impressive 8.74-carat emerald-cut fancy intense blue diamond - estimated to sell for more than HK$35 million.

The sky-blue diamond is noteworthy for its remarkable size and much sought-after emerald cut - which reflects a gemstone's truest colour.

Also on the block will be a 28.88-carat D-colour flawless round brilliant-cut white diamond, with an estimated selling price of HK$29 million to HK$35 million. Round diamonds of such superb quality weighing more than 25 carats are rare and it boasts the highest white diamond grade from the Gemological Institute of America.

Among the palette of coloured diamonds is the 4.27-carat fancy purple-pink diamond and coloured diamond ring. Vivacious and feminine, it has an estimated value of HK$5.8 million to HK$6.8 million.

The 8.88-carat oval fancy vivid yellow diamond ring is vibrantly eye-catching and worth HK$4.8 million to HK$6.2 million.

As for gems, the Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring are expected to go for more than HK$10 million. The unheated 18.08-carat Kashmir sapphire is cushion-shaped.

The gorgeous 10.15-carat Burmese ruby ring is embellished with fine white baguette diamonds, and its fiery red colour is striking.

The jadeite sale will feature a circular pair of translucent green jade huaigu and diamond pendant earrings - their estimated selling price is HK$2.8 million to HK$3.8 million. Huaigu is a traditional jadeite shape; fashioned as a circle with a central perforation.

As for pearls, the natural pearl and diamond double-strand necklace comprised of 155 natural saltwater pearls stands out. The pearls range from 9.92mm to 5.73mm and possess qualities rarely found in natural pearls - roundness, whiteness with ros? overtones and a strong lustre.

On the same day, Sotheby's will hold its important watches sale, featuring rare timepieces from world-class manufacturers. The more than 200 lots should net an estimated HK$28 million.

Noteworthy is the 'Property from an Important Private Collection' which contains more than 50 timepieces worth in excess of HK$8 million. The Private Collection's star is the limited edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1. The unit up for bid is No11 in a series of 75.

The platinum perpetual calendar multi-axis spherical tourbillion wristwatch with retrograde date, month and eight-day power reserve, equation of time and leap-year indication, has an estimated sale price of HK$2 million to HK$3 million.




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