An eclectic collection of fine coloured gemstone jewellery is expected to command attention at Bonhams’ Rare Jewels & Jadeite auction scheduled for May 31 in Hong Kong.
Among the star lots is a rare pair of earrings adorned with step-cut emeralds, weighing 10.91 and 10.26 carats, respectively. Each emerald is enveloped by old brilliant-cut diamonds, suspended from a similarly cut diamond surmount.
The piece, which is expected to sell for HK$3,800,000 to HK$4,800,000 (US$490,000 to US$620,000), is accompanied by an American Gemological Laboratories report stating that the natural emeralds originate from Colombia and have insignificant indications of traditional clarity enhancement.
Another highlight of the sale is a jadeite and diamond “Guanyin” pendant, which has a pre-sale estimate of HK$5,200,000 to HK$6,800,000 (US$670,000 to US$870,000).
The highly translucent carved jadeite of intense emerald green colour is further accentuated with diamonds. A report from the Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory indicates there was no resin detected in the natural colour fei cui (jadeite jade), according to Bonhams.
A bracelet embellished with unheated Pigeon’s Blood Burmese rubies and diamonds, which comes with an SSEF report, is likewise expected to attract buyer attention. The articulated bracelet is set with two rows of cushion-shaped rubies, between pear and brilliant-cut diamonds.
The piece is seen to fetch HK$2,300,000 to HK$2,800,000 (US$300,000 to US$360,000).