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Colored Stones Take Center Stage at Phillips’ Hong Kong Jewels Sale


If one thing is clear from the 92 lots in Phillips’ Hong Kong Jewels sale, scheduled for March 28 at the auction house’s Asia headquarters, it’s that color is king.

“Echoing the strong market demand for rare and important colored diamonds, this spring we are delighted to present a breadth of fancy colored diamonds certified by GIA, led by a round brilliant-cut fancy vivid yellow diamond weighing 15.51 carats,” said Louisa Chan, a Phillips head of sale for jewelry, in a statement. “The sale also brings together a stunning array of treasures—the finest Burmese rubies, Colombian emeralds, vintage signed pieces from Bulgari, Cartier, and Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as red spinels and Paraíba tourmalines that are currently sought after by collectors and connoisseurs.”

Here are some of the covetable contemporary and vintage pieces in the Phillips auction.

Yellow diamond ring
Ring in platinum and yellow gold with 15.51 ct. fancy vivid yellow diamond and two triangular diamonds, estimate $950,000–$1,250,000
Van cleef necklace
Van Cleef & Arpels necklace (circa 1985) in yellow gold with turquoise and diamonds, estimate $110,000–$150,000
Emerald ring
Ring in platinum with 37.08 ct. cabochon Colombian emerald and brilliant-cut and baguette diamonds, estimate $100,000–$130,000
Pink diamond ring
Ring (also pictured at top) in pink gold with 1.38 ct. fancy vivid purplish pink diamond, circular-cut pink sapphires, and brilliant-cut diamonds, estimate $425,000–$560,000
Harry Winston earrings
Harry Winston detachable pendant earrings in yellow gold with approximately 10.05 cts. t.w. emeralds and marquise- and pear-shape diamonds, $120,000–$180,000
Ruby necklace
Necklace in white and yellow gold with 37.72 cts. t.w. rubies and variously cut diamonds, estimate $180,000–$280,000
Ruby ring
Ring in white and yellow gold with 4.01 ct. unheated Burmese ruby and brilliant-cut diamonds, estimate $140,000–$180,000
Art deco brooch
Art deco brooch in platinum with an approximately 2 ct. pear-shape Colombian emerald and old mine and old European cut diamonds, estimate $12,000–$15,000

(Photos courtesy of Phillips)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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