A fine 4.81-Carat Colombian Emerald and Diamond Ring with No Oil Enhancement & A fine 4.79-Carat Unheated “Pigeon’s Blood” Mogok Burmese Ruby and Diamond Ring, Cartier. Photo: Sotheby’s.
HONG KONG.- Following last December’s success, Sotheby’s Hong Kong Fine Jewels and Jadeite sale this year will take place on 27 November 2014 at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, featuring an array of coloured and colourless diamonds, gemstones, and beautiful signed jewels highlighted by the iconic Cartier “Tiger” brooch. The sale will also include a charity session featuring 11 lots of whimsical jewels and watches to benefit Operation Smile China Medical Mission#, a charity that provides free surgery to underprivileged children and young adults with cleft lips or palates in China. Including the charity session, the entire sale will offer a total of 180 lots with a total estimate in excess of HK$58 million / US$7.5 million*.
QUEK Chin Yeow, Deputy Chairman, Asia and Chairman, International Jewellery, Asia, says, “Following the success of the inaugural Fine Jewels and Jadeite sale last year, this November Sotheby’s is delighted to present another fun and exciting sale comprising a fine collection of coloured gemstones, diamonds and signature examples of signed jewels from the major jewellery houses. In honour of the charitable spirit of the festive season to come, Sotheby’s is once again pleased to feature a charity session to benefit Operation Smile China Medical Mission, which has changed over 26,000 smiles and lives by providing free surgery to underprivileged children with cleft lips or palate in China. By offering an excellent opportunity to acquire jewellery for the festive season we also invite our clients to join us in contributing to the transformation of these children’s lives and be their reason to smile.”
The sale will offer the Cartier Tiger Clip-Brooch. Est. HK$1.2 – 1.6 million / US$150,000 – 200,000. Photo: Sotheby’s
Highlights of the sale:
A Yellow Diamond, Diamond, Onyx and Emerald “Tiger” Clip- Brooch, Cartier Est. HK$1.2 – 1.6 million / US$150,000 – 200,000
Inspired by the brand’s director of haute joaillerie Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s portrayal of the tiger is a timeless classic, highly sought after by style icons and jewellery collectors, in particular Barbara Hutton – Woolworth heiress, renowned jewellery collector and original owner of the Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace which sold for a record-setting US$27.44 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in April 2014. One of the jeweller’s most loyal patrons, Hutton favoured the tiger over the iconic panther, and in 1957 commissioned Cartier to create a three- dimensional “Tiger” clip brooch set in yellow diamonds, striped with onyx, and a pair of earrings to match, which has become a celebrated motif from Cartier’s exquisite “Great Cat Jewels”.
The craftsmanship of this “Tiger” clip brooch, a later version similar to the famous example commissioned by Barbara Hutton, is likewise close to perfection, with piercing emerald eyes and legs and tail articulated to move with the body resting in a composed curl.
Charming Yellow Diamond, Diamond, Onyx and Emerald ‘Tiger’ Clip-Brooch, Cartier. Estimate HK$1,200,000 — 1,600,000 / US$150,000 – 200,000. Photo: Sotheby’s.
Modelled as a tiger, set with brilliant-cut yellow diamonds and diamonds together weighing approximately 9.95 carats, speckled by onyx, embellished by pear-shaped emerald-set eyes, mounted in 18 karat yellow gold, signed and numbered 754922.
Accompanied by Cartier report and signed box.
The Graceful ‘Cat’
The charismatic charm of the tiger and the human imagination of this enchanting creature have been featured prominently in ancient mythology, folklore, and in modern art and literature. A tiger’s prowess stirs up a thousand stories in children’s literature and film – The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, the muscular body with distinctive vertical black strips, depicted as such in a fine Chinese Painting by Zhang Shanzi, and notably in jewellery design, the graceful and majestic beauty of a tiger as interpreted in Cartier’s ‘Great Cat Jewels’.
Amongst the exquisite ‘Great Cat Jewels’ collection, inspired by Cartier’s director of haute joaillerie Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s portrayal of the tiger, the largest of the cat species, was highly sought after by stylish icons and jewellery collectors. Barbara Hutton, the granddaughter of the founder of Woolworth’s retail chain, an icon of style with one of the most impressive jewellery collections of all time, was fond of tigers and preferred Cartier’s rendering of the tiger over the more iconic panther motif. She had commissioned Cartier to create a three-dimensional clip brooch set in diamonds, carved onyx with yellow diamond strips, and a pair of earrings belonging to the prestigious Cartier Collection today, which also takes pride in the Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace which sold for an impressive $27.44 million, a new world record for a jadeite jewel, sold by Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale this past April 2014.
The craftsmanship of this Tiger clip brooch, a later version similar to the famous Barbara Hutton tiger brooch, is likewise near to perfection, the legs and tail of the tiger articulated to move with the body, the tail hanging majestically out, the body in a composed curl, with piercing emerald eyes – there is something that is magical about the tiger that even in the form of jewellery gives us protective presence.
A Fine Jadeite and Diamond “Disc” Pendant Necklace Est. HK$1.3 – 1.5 million /US$165,000-190,000
This circular jadeite disc of extremely fine quality is carved as a simplistic circle with a hole in the centre, free from intricate carvings, symbolising the modest wish for a sense of peace. It is believed that this form bears similarity to the ancient ritual object bi (璧), granting its wearer blessings from heaven. The outer and inner circles are also the perfect representation of completeness and wholeness, ideals of supreme importance in Chinese tradition.
Fine Jadeite ‘Disc’ and Diamond Pendant Necklace. Est. HK$1.3 – 1.5 million /US$165,000-190,000. Photo: Sotheby’s.
The jadeite disc of emerald green colour and fine translucency, surmounted by an 18 karat white gold rondelle decorated by circular-cut diamonds, strung on a black cord, maximum adjustable length approximately 900mm.. Disc approximately 30.71 x 4.15 x 4.97mm.
Accompanied by Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory certificate numbered KJ 86896, dated 13 August 2014, stating that the jadeite is natural, known in the trade as « A Jade ».
Symbol of Infinite Peace
This circular jadeite disc of extremely fine quality is carved as a simplistic circle with a hole in the centre, free from intricate carvings, symbolizing the modest wish for a sense of peace. It is believed that this form bears similarity to the ancient ritual object bi (璧), granting its wearer blessings from heaven. The infinite outline of the outer and inner circles is also the perfect representation of completeness and wholeness, an ideology of supreme importance in Chinese tradition.
Rare coloured gemstones remain at the forefront of Sotheby’s auctions, and the Fine Jewels and Jadeite auction features several stunning examples:
A very fine Burmese Ruby and Diamond Necklace, Composed of Unheated “Pigeon’s Blood” Mogok Burmese Rubies totalling over 50 Carats Est. HK$5 – 6 million /US$640,000-770,000. Photo: Sotheby’s.
Set with thirty-seven graduated oval rubies together weighing 50.57 carats, decorated by pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds together weighing approximately 42.70 carats, mounted in 18 karat white and yellow gold, length approximately 420mm.
Accompanied by Gübelin and GRS reports numbered 12121037/1 to 37 and GRS2013-011474, dated 19 December 2012 and 11 January 2013 respectively, stating that the rubies are natural, of Burmese (Myanmar) origin, vivid red (GRS type « pigeon’s blood ») colour, with no indications of thermal treatment. Further accompanied by Gübelin note stating that the rubies are from the most famed Mogok Valley.
A fine 4.81-Carat Colombian Emerald and Diamond Ring with No Oil Enhancement. Est. HK$1.5 – 1.8 million /US$190,000-230,000. Photo: Sotheby’s.
Centring on a step-cut emerald weighing 4.81 carats, flanked by two trapeze-shaped diamonds, mounted in platinum. Ring size: 6¼
Accompanied by SSEF and Gübelin reports numbered 68803 and 11071013, dated 25 June 2013 and 28 July 2011 respectively, stating that the 4.81 carat emerald is natural, of Colombian origin, with no indication of clarity modification.
A fine 4.79-Carat Unheated “Pigeon’s Blood” Mogok Burmese Ruby and Diamond Ring, Cartier. Est. HK$2.2 – 2.8 million /US$280,000-360,000. Photo: Sotheby’s.
Centring on an oval ruby weighing 4.79 carats, flanked on each side by a half moon-shaped diamond, decorated by brilliant-cut and baguette diamonds together weighing approximately 1.30 carats, mounted in platinum, signed and numbered HSS432. Ring size: 5¼
Accompanied by Gübelin report numbered 14067250, dated 22 June 2014, stating that the 4.79 carat ruby is natural, of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating, this colour variety of ruby may also be called ‘pigeon blood red’ in the trade; further accompanied by a Gübelin note stating that the ruby is from the most famed Mogok Valley. Also accompanied by a Cartier certificate of authenticity and a signed box.
Unique Pair of Sapphire and Diamond Pendent Earrings Composed of 25.62 Carats of Unheated Burmese Sapphires in a striking Three-Dimensional Articulated Design Est. HK$800,000 – 950,000/US$100,000-120,000. Photo: Sotheby’s.
Each of semi-flexible form, set with five graduated oval and cushion-shaped sapphires and a sapphire bead altogether weighing 26.52 carats, decorated by thirteen oval diamonds, anchored by two pear-shaped diamonds; the diamonds altogether weighing approximately 19.60 carats, mounted in 18 karat white gold.
Accompanied by SSEF report numbered 76102, dated 2 September 2014, stating that the twelve sapphires are natural, of Burmese (Myanmar) origin, with no indications of heating. Also accompanied by eight GIA reports, stating that the diamonds ranging from 0.75 to 0.70 carat are D to G colour, SI1 clarity.