Discover Bonhams Rare Jewels and Jadeite to Be Auctioned in Hong Kong


There’s barely a week before the rare jewellery and jade auction is held on November 30th at the Bonhams Hong Kong Department. So, prior to the trading event, I would like to draw your attention to a few key pieces.

I have divided jewels and gemstones featured below into several categories and included one article on each of them. It was just impossible to highlight the 10 best pieces with such a huge variety of alluring, rare and truly unique pieces in the Rare Jewels and Jadeite Bonhams catalogue.

Before you browse through the lots, let me tell you about the absolute ‘star’ of this auction – a pear-shaped fancy, light purplish-pink flawless diamond pendant with the stone weighing 9.21 carats. The estimate price for the piece is $1.5 – $2 million. Last year, an 8.41carat diamond of the same shape, but more intense colour was among the lots at Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction. Its estimate ranged between $12 and $15 million, which makes this Bonhams pendant seem like a remarkably good buy. Read on to find out what other precious pieces will be presented at Rare Jewels and Jadeite auction.



Fascinating Loose Gem

A loose colour-change cabochon star sapphire weighing 39.98 carats. It is accompanied by a GRS report stating that the natural star sapphire displays colour-change from violetish-blue (daylight) to purple (incandescent light), has no indications of heat treatment and originates from Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Est. $ 22,000 – $ 27,000

A loose colour-change cabochon star sapphire weighing 39.98 carats. It is accompanied by a GRS report stating that the natural star sapphire displays colour-change from violetish-blue (daylight) to purple (incandescent light), has no indications of heat treatment and originates from Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Est. $ 22,000 – $ 27,000



Important Saltwater Pearls

A pair of natural pearl and diamond earrings. Each cluster centring a button-shaped grey natural pearl measuring 11.5 x 12.3mm and a button-shaped white natural pearl measuring 11.0 x 10.4mm. Diamonds approximately 7.25 carats total. Est. $ 160,000 – $ 230,000



Sophisticated Design

A jadeite, diamond and coloured diamond pendant and earrings suite with double-sided openwork. Jadeite plaques on the pendant are of intense green colour, each carved as a lotus. The pair of earrings en suite features jadeite white and yellow tint diamonds. Natural colour fei cui (jadeite jade) have no resin detected. Est. $ 10,000 – $ 15,000



Important Jadeite

A jadeite and diamond ‘Guanyin’ pendant with fine translucent carved jadeite (no resin). ‘Guanyin’ of a rich bright green colour is meditating on a lotus throne, embellished by marquise, pear and brilliant-cut diamonds of approximately 7.60 carats total. Est. $ 350,000 – $ 450,000A jadeite and diamond ‘Guanyin’ pendant with fine translucent carved jadeite (no resin). ‘Guanyin’ of a rich bright green colour is meditating on a lotus throne, embellished by marquise, pear and brilliant-cut diamonds of approximately 7.60 carats total. Est. $ 350,000 – $ 450,000



Important Watch

A rare enamel, emerald and diamond ‘serpenti’ bracelet watch, by Bulgari, 1970. Est. $ 650,000 – $ 690,000A rare enamel, emerald and diamond ‘serpenti’ bracelet watch, by Bulgari, 1970. Est. $ 650,000 – $ 690,000



Important Coloured Stone Jewel

An important cushion-shaped sapphire and diamond ring. The Burmese sapphire is of natural Royal Blue colour with no indication of heat treatment. It weights 26.43 carats, diamonds weigh approximately 4.15 carats total. Est. $ 620,000 – 750,000An important cushion-shaped sapphire and diamond ring. The Burmese sapphire is of natural Royal Blue colour with no indication of heat treatment. It weights 26.43 carats, diamonds weigh approximately 4.15 carats total. Est. $ 620,000 – 750,000



Rare Coloured Diamond

A rare pair of fancy coloured diamond and diamond earrings.  Each floral earring centring a radiant-cut fancy vivid yellowish orange diamond weighing 2.87 carats, and a radiant-cut fancy vivid yellow-orange diamond weighing 2.53 carats. Est. $ 360,00 – $ 490,000



Branded Beauty

An impressive diamond necklace, by Van Cleef and Arpels, circa 1975. Diamond weight is approximately 76 cts total. Est. $ 230,000 – 340,000An impressive diamond necklace, by Van Cleef and Arpels, circa 1975. Diamond weight is approximately 76 cts total. Est. $ 230,000 – 340,000



Important Colour Diamond

An important fancy colour diamond pendant. The pear-shaped fancy light purplish pink diamond, weighing 9.21 carats, suspended from a chain necklace accented by brilliant-cut diamonds of purplish pink tint and similarly cut colourless diamonds (approximately 3.15 cts total). Est. $ 1.5 million – $ 1.9 millionAn important fancy colour diamond pendant. The pear-shaped fancy light purplish pink diamond, weighing 9.21 carats, suspended from a chain necklace accented by brilliant-cut diamonds of purplish pink tint and similarly cut colourless diamonds (approximately 3.15 cts total). Est. $ 1.5 million – $ 1.9 million



Dazzling Colourless Diamonds

An important diamond necklace by Marina B. The front centring a pear-shaped diamond, weighing 2.93 carats, total diamond weight approximately 88 cts total. Colours D-E, clarity VS1 – VS2. Est. $ 230,000 – $ 320,000An important diamond necklace by Marina B. The front centring a pear-shaped diamond, weighing 2.93 carats, total diamond weight approximately 88 cts total. Colours D-E, clarity VS1 – VS2. Est. $ 230,000 – $ 320,000



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