NOV 2015 SALE OF
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EXCEPTIONAL FINE JEWELRY & HANDBAGS LUXEFORD
RESULTS OF THE NOV 2015 FINE JEWELS AUCTION
Luxeford’s autumn Fine Jewels & Handbags Auction was held on 10th November at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong. We were delighted and thankful of the support at the auction in the heart of the imperfect economic environment. Our persistence in upholding the quality of items and professionalism has attracted both new and existing gem enthusiasts from the region as well as globally.
Classic and subtly spectacular pieces continue to be sought after by connoisseurs. Lot 1449, a 5.07-carat untreated vivid red (GRS type ‘Pigeon’s Blood’) Burmese ruby and diamond ring, its cheerfully lively design featuring the center ruby of evenly distributed, vibrant pigeon’s blood red color, is gracefully pleasing to the eye. Lot 1487, an approximately 8.10-carat marquise-cut diamond ring, flanked by pentagonal diamond shoulders, the ring, whose principal diamond is of highly luminous faint champagne color, is of clean and unpretentious design but absolutely stunning when worn.
Our inaugurating handbag offerings saw zealous response to Hermès bag collections. Amid those precious articles, Lot 1404, a rare matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin; Lot 1402, an exceptional Shiny Rose Schéhérazade Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35 and Lot 1414, a Matte Vert Titien Alligator Birkin 35, to name but a few, were amongst the most exquisitely prized.
The rare and valuable gems from the ocean – natural pearls – are timeless emblems of sophistication. Lot 1456, a pair of natural pearl and diamond ear pendants of chandelier design, each round cream natural pearl and diamond suspending the semi-hourglass-shaped pavé-set diamond cap, natural pearl tassels and briolette diamond hems; Lot 1365, a natural pearl and diamond ring designed as a flower, enhances the natural pearl’s warm metallic luster and rose-green overtone; and Lot 1467, a tear-shaped conch pearl and diamond brooch of chrysanthemum design partially pavé-set with diamonds all-around, all prove that the allure of iridescence manifested in natural pearls withstand the test of time.
We are also honored that over 90% of private collection items were sold, and grateful to the private consignors for entrusting us with their pieces of heritage. Various lots also fetched prices greater than their high estimate: for instance Lot 1484, a set of jadeite and diamond jewelry; Lot 1350, an antique coral necklace; Lot 1433, a set of jadeite ‘mahjong’ carvings; Lot 1307 and Lot 1378, groups of ruby and diamond jewelry; Lot 1391 and Lot 1384, sets of sapphire and diamond jewelry as well as Lot 1382, a set of colored sapphire, colored diamond and diamond jewelry.
Our Head of Jewelry Asia, Mr. Edmond Chan, is indebted to the participation we received. We greatly look forward to seeing you at our Spring Auction in 2016.
NOV 2015 SALE OF
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESENTING: A SALE OF FINE JEWELS
TUESDAY, 10TH NOVEMBER, 2015
PUBLIC EXHIBITION: 7TH TO 10TH NOVEMBER, 2015
VENUE: CONRAD HOTEL, ADMIRALTY, HONG KONG
Mr. Edmond Chan, the Head of Jewelry Asia at Luxeford: In view of the exhilarating dynamics of the global auction scene in 2015, fine gems such as rubies, spinels and natural pearls have fetched top prices-per-carat over the course of the year. Sentiment towards the fine jewelry arena is indeed positive in the near time horizon. As manifested in the activities of seasoned collectors and buyers alike — those with bestowed gem treasures to be released, as well as those with robust purchasing power to acquire, view the present to be a mature moment. Amongst the numerous gorgeous pieces, Luxeford’s Autumn Auction unveils a handsome array of articles from private collections, as well as Hermès 2015 handbags. Some of the most coveted items include:
Lot 1438, a splendid 12.31-carat VVS1 pear-shaped fancy light pink diamond and diamond ring, exhibiting alluring sparkles and fire of a Type IIa diamond, is at an estimated value of HKD 24 million. This exceptionally chemically pure fancy light pink diamond is flanked by pear-shaped diamond shoulders weighing 1.26 and 1.20 carats respectively, further accentuated by the openwork gallery embellished with pavé-set brilliant-cut diamonds of pink hue.
Lot 1497, an enchanting jadeite necklace, at an estimated value of HKD 7.5 million, embodies the delightful bright green palette of nature. Comprising thirty-four gently graduated round jadeite beads of ‘冰種玉青’ genre and very good translucency, the beads, measuring approximately from 10.68 to 18.72 mm, resemble the grandeur of sizable South Sea pearls.
The aficionado will be enticed by Lot 1489, an impressive pair of unheated SSEF-certified ‘Royal Blue’ sapphire and diamond earrings. The oval-cut 12.00- and 11.20-carat sapphires, originating from Sri Lanka, have a pre-sale estimate of HKD 4.8 million. Without having undergone thermal treatment, the incomparable match of the sapphire pair’s rich and homogeneous colors, high clarity and marvelously proportioned cut are scarce in natural sapphires of such sizes.
This auction will also showcase Lot 1469, a pair of unmounted pear-shaped D color, Internally Flawless diamonds weighing 4.56 and Type IIa 4.52 carats, estimated at HKD 4 million. Another highlight would be Lot 1470, a rare 21.46-carat emerald and diamond ring, estimated at HKD 3.5 million. At over 20 carats, of Colombia origin, the eye-clean gem displays lively and intense bright emerald green color, exuding warm luminosity. Lot 1457, a charming natural pearl and diamond necklace, comprising three strands of well-matched fine cream pearls, is expected to fetch HKD 3.3 million. The fine appearance of the natural pearls with even, soft luster, against the antique diamond-set clasp, is a stupendous piece for the discerning collector.
We are also thrilled to present Lot 1488, a refined 3.81-carat unheated Burma scarlet red ruby and diamond ring, estimated at HKD 2.4 million; Lot 1336, a very rare top-quality Tsavorite garnet of over 10 carats – at a distinguished 12.76-carat, estimated at HKD 1.5 million; and Lot 1468, a pair of incredibly identical 4.05- and 4.03-carat heart-shaped Burma ‘Pigeon Blood’ red ruby ear studs, estimated at HKD 1.1 million.
In view of further prized accoutrements, selected Hermès handbags, inclusive of items from its 2015 edition such as Lot 1404, the Himalaya Niloticus, would bring additional exhilaration to our event.
Last but not least, other focal points include Lot 1496, a very high-dome jadeite cabochon and diamond ring; Lot 1455, a marquise jadeite cabochon and diamond ring, both from private collections, as well as Lot 1345, a 15.42-carat mandarin garnet and diamond ring, a remarkable specimen of such garnets weighing over five carats being gem quality.