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    Sale 2393

    Magnificent Jewellery & Jadeite Jewellery

    28 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2267

    A PAIR OF DELICATE MULTI-GEM AND COLOURED DIAMOND BROOCHES, BY WALLACE CHAN

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    A PAIR OF DELICATE MULTI-GEM AND COLOURED DIAMOND BROOCHES, BY WALLACE CHAN

    Each designed as a cicada holding a rectangular-cut grey or marquise-cut brown diamond, set with an oval-shaped fire opal or black opal with a carved amethyst surround, to the cabochon ruby eyes and brilliant-cut yellow to brown coloured diamond body, extending light green and blue crystal and mother-of-pearl wings with titanium veins, mounted in titanium, 7.5 and 8 cm long

    Both signed Wallace Chan (2)


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    US$115,000-150,000

    Post Lot Text

    The cicadas, with their delicate iridescent wings carved in rock crystal and mother-of-pearl, clasp a diamond between its front legs.
    These fascinating bejewelled creatures carry a spiritual significance as the symbol of the cycle of life. Man is reborn just as the cicada sheds its skin and memory of the previous life becomes dim. He recalls his prior existence no more than the cicada recalls the shell from which it has emerged. In Buddhism, this cast-off skin, represents a spiritual realisation and ecstasy, an advancement of the metaphysical life. The path towards enlightenment is likened to the metamorphosis of the cicada.