Strike a deal on exquisite head-turning selection

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 November, 2007, 12:00am

One hundred and fifty lots worth more than HK$30 million will be up for grabs at the Bonhams inaugural auction of western and jadeite jewellery next Tuesday at the JW Marriott Hotel.

Head of jewellery at Bonhams, Hong Kong, Edmond Chan, said: 'Our head-turning selection for this upcoming auction includes many renowned jewellery brands and fabulous one-of-a-kind pieces.'

These include a pair of coloured diamond earrings worth between HK$2.8 million and HK$3.8million. Each earring is unique, set either with a 1.01-carat fancy dark violet grey brilliant-cut diamond or a 1.02-carat fancy intense pink brilliant-cut diamond with a brilliant-cut diamond frame, to a pair of diamond link bars separated by a brilliant-cut purple or pink diamond, and a further diamond within a diamond surround, mounted in 18-carat white gold.

An emerald and diamond ring, with an octagonal step-cut weighing 13.55 carats will also be auctioned. The Colombia emerald is set within a four double-claw setting between trapeze-cut diamonds. The gallery and shoulders are pave set with brilliant-cut diamonds mounted in platinum. This piece will fetch between HK$1.7 million and HK$2.7 million.

A semi-transparent, brilliant green jadeite Guanyin pendant with a baguette and brilliant-cut diamond halo sits on a throne of baguette and brilliant-cut diamond scrolls, and has an estimate of HK$1.5million to HK$2.5million. Signifying purity and enlightenment, the reverse is carved with lotus and water lily flowers. The pendant is mounted in 18-carat white gold and has an 18-carat white gold link chain.

Another impressive piece is an 18-carat white gold ring set with an oval brilliant-cut fancy intense purplish pink diamond, weighing 1.57 carats, within a diamond surround with rose-cut diamonds of yellow tint for between HK$810,000 and HK$910,000.

'Our jewellery is targeted at a diverse range of clientele - from connoisseurs to investors who understand the long-term value of rare gems and unique jewellery pieces,' Mr Chan said. 'Contrary to popular belief, assessment criteria and valuations are not solely limited to diamonds; other fancy coloured stones such as ruby, sapphire, emerald, natural pearls and jadeite hold a stable intrinsic value.'