• Jewels and Watches:  The Dubai auction at Christies

    Sale 7803

    Jewels and Watches: The Dubai sale

    28 October 2009, Dubai

  • Lot 116

    A PAIR OF TOURMALINE AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF TOURMALINE AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS
    'Alexandrina'
    Of chandelier design, each comprising a series of pear-shaped pink tourmalines to the pavé-set diamond scrolling surmount, in maker's red leather case, with original design sketch, 10.5 cm long
    Signed Anna Hu


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Born in Taiwan in 1977, Anna Hu grew up traveling the world with her gem dealer father, in his quest for rare stones. A child musical prodigy, Anna won several awards as a cellist but after a shoulder injury, Anna turned her attention once again to precious stones. After gaining her GIA qualification as well as two masters degrees, Anna worked with Christie's, Van Cleef and Arpels and Harry Winston where she met the head designer Maurice Galli who encouraged her to create her own line after taking her on as his only private student.
    The first Anna Hu boutique opened in Taiwan in 2007, when she was just 29 years old. The second exclusive jewellery boutique was unveiled in December 2008, at the Plaza Retail Collection in New York, where the designer now resides with her family.


    Post Lot Text

    Hu named her splendid earrings after Queen Alexandrina Victoria of Great Britain after seeing Thomas Scully's elegant portrait of a young Victoria on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as a student. Years later, while designing the "Modern Regina" collection, Hu imagined giving the Queen a pair of contemporary earrings which resulted in this beautiful creation.