- Jewelry, especially diamonds are women’s best friend. However, Sotheby Hong Kong has enhanced it further with a dollop of luxury. The king of auctions has organized a sale of the two stunning bangles. Each of these pieces of jewelry represents in their very own way a pinnacle of bangle design.
- The first is a diamond and rock crystal bangle-bracelet combining the legendary artistry and craftsmanship of Cartier. The bangle bracelet is a phenomenal 63.66-carat pear-shaped internally flawless white diamond (est. HK$40,000,000-65,000,000 / US$5,160,000-8,390,000). Synonymous with the term ‘iconic’ in the world of jewelry, Cartier is celebrated for its outstanding collections such as Panthère de Cartier and Tutti Frutti, but the most coveted of all is their high jewelry collection. The diamond and rock crystal bangle-bracelet from the High Jewellery collection “L’Odyssée de Cartier – Parcours d’un Style” pays homage to an Art Deco inspiration that takes nearly 2,000 hours to create. The use of rock crystal has been made popular since the 1920s by jewelers such as Louis Cartier. Cartier then utilized a polishing technique from the Renaissance period to give a soft shine to rock crystal, which creates an intriguing light effect when paired with a diamond.
The second piece of jewelry is an exquisite Jadeite bangle named “Circle of Happiness”. It weighs 277.673 carats, which the SSEF laboratory describes as “a true treasure of nature” (estimate upon request). The bracelet colors range from subtle green to vivid green, which the auction house says is characteristic of the finest green jadeite-jade from Burma (Myanmar).
Speaking about the auction, Wenhao Yu, Deputy Chairman, Jewelry, Sotheby’s Asia, says, “The appetite for high-quality jewels has never been stronger in Asia, with discerning collectors looking for rare diamonds and gemstones, as well as unique and iconic designs. The star lot of the sale, the unique diamond and rock crystal bangle-bracelet by Cartier combines a phenomenal diamond, mesmerizing design, and impeccable craftsmanship, and represents a high jewelry collectible that will shine through time.”
- The Magnificent Jewels sale is also distinguished by a wide range of signed jewelry, comprising half of the total offered lots. Celebrating craftsmanship, iconic designs, and treasures of nature, the sale will present an impressive jewelry selection from the houses of Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Graff, Harry Winston, Hermes, Sotheby’s Diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels, and more.
The Sotheby’s Hong Kong has partnered with celebrity photographer Olivia Tsang and Model Zelia Zhong for the upcoming Spring 2021 jewelry photography campaign. Speaking about her passion for photography and connection with Sotheby, celebrity photographer and stylist Olivia Tsang said, “Jewelry to me is both art and fashion. It involves exceptional craftsmanship and an unimaginable amount of time to create each piece. For me, it is also a reflection of desire and fantasy, and a way for women to dream. This is why I love working with Sotheby’s because their jewels tell a story of heritage and history. It is not just about luxury, but also a collection of time and evolution.” “The charm of an auction house is how they curate a collection that is not only iconic but rare. It was a time-traveling and eye-opening experience to handle these exceptional jewels,” she further said.