Antique & Estate Jewelry / Colored Stones

The 6.43 Carat Red Dragon Ruby and More in Phillips Jewels Sale


Just in time for the holidays, Phillips is offering some seriously gift-worthy pieces in its Dec. 13 New York Jewels auction. But to get your hands on the headliner, the 6.43 ct. Red Dragon ruby ring, it’ll cost you—the estimate is $1 million–$1.5 million. The Burmese ruby boasts a natural purplish-red color (unlike others achieved through heat) and high clarity value.

Phillips Red Dragon
The Red Dragon ring in 18k white gold with a 6.43 ct. oval ruby and pear-shape diamonds, est. $1 million–$1.5 million; Phillips

Thankfully, there are plenty of other exquisite stones in the sale—plenty of pieces from houses including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, and beyond. “It’s clear from the results achieved this week in Hong Kong that the market for rare and important jewels is strong across the board. Featuring an impressive selection of jewels from distinguished private collections, our New York sale presents an exquisite array of pieces that span a century, from a late-19th-century antique diamond necklace to a contemporary Wendy Yue diamond, colored diamond, and opal necklace,” Benoît Repellin, Phillips worldwide head of jewelry, and Eva Violante, head of the Americas department, said in a statement. “The auction also features two examples that are among the highest value jewel lots to ever be offered at Phillips, the Red Dragon and a stunning Boodles pink diamond pendant necklace. The sale offers a fine selection for collectors across the board.”

Boodles necklace
Boodles necklace in platinum with a 4.05 ct. oval fancy intense pink diamond and collet-set brilliant-cut diamonds, est. $800,000–$1,200,000; Phillips

The Boodles pink diamond necklace is another front-runner, with a 4 carat stone and chain highlighted by diamonds. But with 139 lots, there’s something for everyone.

Top: The Red Dragon ring headlines Phillips New York Jewels auction on Dec. 13 (photos courtesy of Phillips).

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By: Annie Davidson

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