FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EXCEPTIONAL FINE JEWELRY LUXEFORD
RESULTS OF THE MAY 2013 FINE JEWELS AUCTION
Luxeford’s spring Fine Jewels Auction was held in May 2013, in the midst of the rare black rainstorm signal in Hong Kong. The enthusiasm of the attendees was not lessened, and we were excited to have the presence of existing and new buyers alike. The sale also attracted high level of interest from numerous trade professionals.
Amongst the array of coveted items, Lot 425, the important oval-cut ruby and diamond ring was sold at HK$2,880,000. The 7.11-carat natural ruby originates from Tanzania and displays an evenly distributed vibrant red color without undergoing thermal treatments. Its combined qualities in color, translucency and cut proportion are rare in natural rubies of this size and highly sought after in the market.
Lot 415, a pair of Harry Winston sapphire and diamond earrings, another highlighted lot, were sold at HK$780,000. The unheated natural sapphires of gorgeously homogeneous royal blue tone, weighing8.58 carats and 7.00 carats respectively, and the simple but elegantly designed items embody the quality and beauty pertaining to Harry Winston’s works.
Lot 419, the precious rock crystal ‘Guan Yin’ carving of Wallace Chan, proved to be a huge favorite at the auction with both Asian and international bidders. Circa 1998, the exquisite Goddess of Mercy masterpiece attracted fierce competition and sold for HK$264,000, which was six times higher than the low estimate of HK$40,000.
Lot 356, a spinel, pink sapphire and diamond ring, was sold at HK$420,000, over five times higher than the low estimate of HK$75,000. The 7.60-carat untreated natural spinel is of strong, natural vivid pink color, and the beautifully lively ring was successfully bid by an overseas patron.
Our private Asian collection of colored gemstone accessories also attained outstanding results. Amongst the many sold items included Lot 317, an untreated step-cut pastel blue aquamarine pendant, of a rare 16.00 carats; Lot 320, a fine unheated rubellite tourmaline pendant, 50.40 carats; Lot 325, an unheated yellowish-green grossularite garnet (sapphire) ring/pendant, of an unusual 33.08 carats; and Lot 477, a jadeite pendant in a leaf carving of brilliant emerald green color and high translucency.
Our Head of Jewelry Asia, Edmond Chan, would like to thank all for participating in this exhilarating event, and is appreciative of such promising results. We are delighted to have the cross-country support from Greater China, Japan, Southeast Asia, the States and South Africa, and look forward to seeing you in the autumn of 2013.
NOV 2012 SALE OF
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESENTING: A SALE OF FINE JEWELS
WEDNESDAY, 22ND MAY, 2013
PUBLIC EXHIBITION: 19TH TO 22ND MAY, 2013
Edmond Chan, the Head of Jewelry Asia at Luxeford: In recent trade shows we have seen the imbalance of demand and supply in high-value gemstones, coupled by the inconsistent sources of exquisite rough stones,consequently leading to the scarcity of both polished stonesand finished jewelry; the market is flooded with consumers in search of quality items that are worthy of buying.
With the onset of springtime, the underlying theme in our May 2013 auction is depicted in an array of important semi-precious stones, embodying the delightful palette of nature. In celebration of the marvelous shades and hues, our most coveted items include:
An extraordinary pair of natural conch pearl ear pendants – suspending conch pearl drops exhibiting alluring orient and flame of salmon-colored orange-pink, the most sought-after hue – at an estimated value of HK$ 1.2 million. Conch pearls can hardly be obtained from the beautiful Queen Conch, hence very few can be selected to form a matching pair. The extremely scarce and valuable duo are accentuated by the luster of the gray natural pearl surmounts.
A splendid jadeite and diamond leaf pendant at an estimated value of HK$ 900,000. The enchanting emerald green color and high translucency spells freshness and vitality. Other jadeite objects of grandeur encompassa cylindrical jadeite band of bright green color and good translucency of estimated value HK$ 1.6 million, as well as a necklace comprising graduated lavender jadeite beads of glassy translucency, the center bead measuring 15.17 mm.
The connoisseur will be enticed by the exquisite Tanzanian natural ruby and diamond ring. The untreated oval-cut 7.11 carat ruby has a pre-sale estimate at a minimum of HK$ 2.8 million. Without having undergone thermal treatment, the exceptional combination of its saturated and homogeneous color, high level of glassy translucency and finely proportioned cutis rare in natural rubies of such size.
This auction also features a private selective collection of accessories showcasing a pleasurable array of colors portrayed in an assortment of gemstones, highlighted by: an unheated triangular-cut yellowish-green grossularite garnet ring/pendant, 33.08 carats, of East African origin; a rare untreated step-cut pastel blue aquamarine pendant, 16.00 carats; a natural Mexican fire opal ring, 10.00 carats. The kaleidoscopic displays of colors embodied in the items are a charming range.
With spring in the air, our focal point casts light on Catherine Sauvage, an important designer based in the prestigious Königsallee (Kings-Street) in Düsseldorf. Her stupendous signature brooch centering upon an en tremblant 57.90 carat aquamarine blossoms through its avant-garde floral design, bringing an exquisite blend of French savoir-vivre and German precision.
We are also most honored to present a masterpiece of Wallace Chan, the internationally renowned Asian craftsman. The truly precious rock crystal carving, circa 1998, is reminiscent of the remarkable sculptor and jeweler’s earliest batch of works, whose adaptations were dominated by serene themes of the Buddha and Guan Yin (The Goddess of Mercy).