Fine jewellery embellished with exceptional natural emeralds were the stellar performers at Bonhams’ Rare Jewels & Jadeite auction in Hong Kong.
The top lot was a ring by David Webb with an 11.01-carat, step-cut emerald centre stone, flanked by trillion-cut diamond shoulders of approximately 3.10 carats. The piece, which sold for HK$5.46 million (about US$700,453.52), was accompanied by a report from the American Gemological Laboratories (AGL), stating that the natural Colombian emerald has no indications of clarity enhancement.
Another excellent performer was a pair of emerald and diamond earrings by Harry Winston, which fetched HK$3.24 million (around US$415,653).
The step-cut emeralds, weighing 6.85 and 6.18 carats, respectively, are accented by marquise-cut diamonds with an approximate total carat weight of 3.00, noted Bonhams. The natural emeralds are of Colombian origin, according to AGL.
Another Harry Winston piece, a fine emerald and diamond brooch/pendant necklace, likewise commanded attention at the auction. The piece was snapped up for HK$2.22 million (around US$284,799).
The brooch/pendant necklace is adorned with a step-cut emerald weighing 6.04 carats, within an openwork pear-shaped diamond surround, completed by a flat curb-chain necklace pavé-set with brilliant-cut diamonds. It also comes with an AGL report saying the natural emerald has no indications of clarity enhancement and originates from Colombia.
A fine ruby dress ring, embellished with a 6.44-carat antique cushion-shaped ruby, within a similarly cut ruby surround, accented by smaller circular-cut rubies, was another show stopper. The piece fetched HK$3.54 million (around US$454,140).