HK auction to highlight exceptional bracelets
Two exceptional, on-trend jewellery pieces – a diamond bracelet by Cartier and a jadeite bangle – will lead the flagship jewellery auction of Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.
Scheduled for April 20, the Magnificent Jewels sale will shine the spotlight on a diamond and rock crystal bracelet that combines the legendary artistry and craftmanship of Cartier with a 63.66-carat pear-shaped internally flawless white diamond. The piece is expected to sell for HK$40 million to HK$65 million (around US$5.16 million to US$8.39 million.
Another star of the sale is a jadeite bracelet weighing 277.673 carats and described by the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF as “a true treasure of nature.” Price estimate is available upon request, according to Sotheby’s.
Magnificent Jewels will also feature a wide range of signed jewellery, which comprises half of the total lots, including selections from Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Graff, Harry Winston, Hermes, Sotheby’s Diamonds and Van Cleef & Arpels, among others. Wenhao Yu, deputy chairman, Jewellery at Sotheby's Asia, said the appetite for high-quality jewellery has never been stronger in Asia, with discerning collectors looking for rare diamonds and gemstones, as well as unique and iconic designs.
Cartier’s diamond bracelet took nearly 2,000 hours to create, according to the auction house. Belonging to the high jewellery collection L’Odyssée de Cartier – Parcours d’un Style, the piece pays homage to Art Deco through the innovative combination of two colourless gems that complement each another.
The jadeite bangle meanwhile carries a subtle range of green to vivid green colours that is characteristic of the finest green jadeite-jade from Myanmar with an outstanding translucency, revealed Sotheby's.