Anna Hu Bows New High Jewelry Collection With Sotheby’s Hong Kong

Sotheby’s Hong Kong will host its autumn Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction next week, and the offering includes a contemporary fine jewelry collection from Chinese jeweler Anna Hu.

Specially commissioned for the sale, the Silk Road Music collection features five extraordinary pieces inspired by the musical and cultural exchanges that took place on the Silk Road, an ancient trade route connecting the east and west dating back thousands of years.

Hu’s inspirations stem from her passion for music and Western art and present a fusion of Eastern and Western aesthetics. The Silk Road designs in particular are undeniably imbued with a lyrical sensibility; her creations have a fluid, dancing quality, always suggesting movement, whether they’re wings in flight, flower petals nodding in the wind, or en tremblant gemstones that float like notes on the pages of a musical composition.

The selection is headlined by the Dunhuang Pipa necklace (lot 1713), which features a 100.02 ct. cushion-cut fancy intense yellow diamond in a mounting of 18k white and yellow gold adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds.

The pendant can be worn separately as a pendant/brooch, and a section of necklace can be detached and worn as single earring.

Anna Hu Dunhuang Pipa necklace
Anna Hu’s Dunhuang Pipa necklace, which will be offered as part of Sotheby’s upcoming Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale, has an estimate of $5 million–$6.25 million.

Hu was inspired by a Chinese mural painting that depicted the image of a woman playing the pi-pa (a four-string Chinese lute), which lends its silhouette to the shape of the necklace.

Anna Hu portrait
Born in Taiwan to gemstone dealer parents, Hu fell in love with stones as a child. At the age of eight, she started to play the cello, but when severe injuries to her shoulder abruptly ended her blossoming musical career, she turned to her second love: jewelry. 

Hu founded her namesake brand, Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie, in 2008, opening her first boutique in New York on 58th street, right near Bergdorf Goodman, the Plaza hotel, and other elegant destinations. Hu presented her first global exhibition at the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in July 2012, and she is the first Asian female jeweler admitted into Comité de la Haute Joaillerie Paris.

Her jewelry has been worn by Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, as well as contemporary artist Cindy Sherman and Jetsun Pema, the queen of Bhutan.

Here’s a look at the other Anna Hu pieces being presented at the auction—bidding for this mini symphony of color, line, and form starts Monday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m. HKT.

Lot 1709

Anna Hu Blue Magpie brooch
Blue Magpie brooch with sapphires, diamonds, onyx, blue-green tourmaline, and a conch pearl egg in titanium and 18k pink and yellow gold

Lot 1710

Anna Hu Appassionata ring
Appassionata ring with 4.72 cts. t.w. step-cut rubies and round brilliant-cut rhombus and pear-shape diamonds in 18k white gold

Lot 1712

Anna Hu Ellington earrings
Ellington earrings with conch pearls, rectangular sapphires, and baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds in 18k white and pink gold

Top: Lot 1711 Cello brooch with jadeite cabochons, brilliant-cut diamonds, yellow diamonds, and a pink sapphire in 18k white and yellow gold

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