Sotheby’s Hong Kong is thrilled to collaborate with Chinese Haute Joallierie artist, Anna Hu, to offer her latest jewellery creations, titled Silk Road Music Collection, at its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale. Specially commissioned for this collaboration, the collection features five jewellery pieces inspired by the musical and cultural exchanges that took place in the Silk Road – an ancient trade route connecting the East and West dating back thousands of years. Leading the collection is The Dunhuang Pipa Necklace, designed and mounted by Anna Hu, set with a 100.02-carat fancy intense yellow diamond (est. HK$40-50 million / US$5 – 6.25 million), which will go under the hammer on 7 October in Hong Kong.

Here is Anna Hu’s “Silk Road Music Collection”

Anna Hu The Dunhuang Pipa Necklace selling at Sothebys


This set with a 100.02-carat Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Est. HKD40-50 million / US$ 5 – 6.25 million
The Silk Road Music collection is led by The Dunhuang Pipa Necklace, designed and mounted by Anna Hu, set with an impressive 100.02-carat fancy intense yellow diamond. Touched by the culture from Silk Road, Hu took inspiration from the imagery of a lady playing the pipa (a four-stringed Chinese lute) depicted on the Dunhuang murals, to conjure the silhouette of this
necklace which resembles a Chinese Pipa attached to lines of western staff that flows gracefully along the neckline. Transformable into a brooch and an earring, the necklace is designed
for modern-day women who appreciate intricate designs with a versatile twist.


Anna Hu Jadeite Cello Brooch. Selling at Sothebys

Jadeite, Diamond and Pink Sapphire Brooch, Cello

Est. HK$2,200,000 – 2,800,000 / US$280,000 – 350,000
Anna approaches jewellery design like music creation, and a melodic beauty protrudes through her works. This jade cello brooch takes inspiration from Picasso’s Violin Hanging on the Wall, housed in Switzerland’s Museum of Fine Arts Bern (Kunstmuseum Bern) and is composed of jadeites ranging from 1.43 carats to 34.93 carats, outlined with yellow and white diamonds. Anna applied smooth silhouettes to outline and create the cello body and injected her love for music into the design, evoking the power of a sensational melody that sweeps people off their feet.


Anna Hu Blue Magpie Brooch. Selling at Sothebys

Conch Pearl, Gem Set and Diamond Brooch, Blue Magpie

Est. HK$ 1,500,000 – 1,800,000 / US$190,000 – 225,000
Inspired by an antique Blue-and-White Flower-Bird motif on a circle-squared porcelain plate from the National Museum of History, as well as the works of Giuseppe Castiglione, the Jesuit missionary and painter at the imperial court of China, Anna extracted the essence of Eastern arts and applied it in the design of the Blue Magpie Brooch. The classic blue and white Magpie motif are reinterpreted with a western colour palette, to picture an idyllic scene. Paved with over five hundred gems, two blue Magpies perch on delicate tree branches, resulting in a colourful creation that combines Chinese aesthetics and Western aristocracy.

Anna Hu Ellington Earrings selling at Sothebys

Pair of Conch Pearl, Sapphire and Diamond Earrings, Ellington

Est. HK$2,200,000 – 2,800,000 / US$280,000 – 350,000
Combining the two loves of her life – music and jewellery, Anna visualises an enchanting jazz melody through the creation of Ellington Earrings. The earrings blend piano keys with the shape of a harp, elegantly representing the melodic flow of classical jazz music. Composed of blue sapphires, baguette-cut and modified cut diamonds, this pair of unique earrings are highlighted with conch pearls that connote musical notes.

Anna Hu appasionata Ring in Ruby. Selling at Sothebys

Ruby and Diamond Ring, Appassionata

Est. HK$650,000 – 850,000 / US$80,000 – 100,000
Taking inspiration from romantic piano blues, Anna plays with five rare rubies, which represent the black piano keys, to create this beautiful musical jewellery. Outlined with diamonds, the ring glides over three fingers elegantly as a wonderful interpretation of a classical jazz riff.


DATE: 3-8 October 2019
VENUE: Hall 1, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (New Wing), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Shanghai 4-5 September
Beijing 7-8 September
Jakarta 6-8 September
Bangkok 12 September
Singapore 14-15 September
Tokyo 17 September
Taipei 21-22 September