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  • 9 March 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Announcing Two Exceptional Pieces of Craftsmanship to lead Christie's Hong Kong Spring Sale of Magnificent Jewels

A Magnificent Colombian Emerald and Diamond Necklace by Edmond Chin for the House of Boghossian. Estimate: HK$28,000,000-38,000,000 / US$3,600,000-5,000,000.

A Magnificent Colombian Emerald and Diamond Necklace by Edmond Chin for the House of Boghossian. Estimate: HK$28,000,000-38,000,000 / US$3,600,000-5,000,000.

The Jonker 5: A 25.27 carats D colour VVS2 clarity (Type IIa) rectangular-cut diamond ring by Harry Winston. Estimate: HK$17,500,000-28,000,000 / US$2,200,000-3,600,000.

The Jonker 5: A 25.27 carats D colour VVS2 clarity (Type IIa) rectangular-cut diamond ring by Harry Winston. Estimate: HK$17,500,000-28,000,000 / US$2,200,000-3,600,000.

Hong Kong – In anticipation of the Hong Kong Spring auctions, Christie’s Hong Kong Jewellery department is proud to present two unique and extraordinary pieces of craftsmanship as early highlights. The famed jewels are world renowned for their extreme rarity, impeccable workmanship, and historical significance. It is without a doubt that this once-in-a- lifetime opportunity will stimulate passionate bidding from enthusiastic collectors around the world.

The Emerald and Diamond ‘Palmette’ Necklace

The Magnificent Emerald and Diamond Necklace is created by the renowned designer Edmond Chin for the illustrious House of Boghossian. The exquisite design of unsurpassed craftsmanship features a delicate repeating palmette motif with white diamonds as spacers.

Great lengths and difficulty were taken to carefully amass 11 perfectly matching no oil emeralds, and marks the first time such an exclusive selection of emeralds will be offered at auction.

The Jonker V

The Jonker No. 5 diamond forms a key part of a legendary collection of diamonds from the world famous 726 carats Jonker rough, discovered by Jacob Jonker.

When unearthed on January 17th, 1934, it was the fourth largest gem quality diamond ever uncovered. The stone was subsequently purchased by the Diamond Corporation Ltd., a company owned by Sir Ernest Oppenheimer. In 1935, it was purchased by Harry Winston and was displayed during the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary.

Before the Jonker rough was cut, it was painstakingly examined for months before taking its final form of 13 exquisite polished pieces, of which the Jonker Diamond No. 5 was born as a rectangular- cut diamond of 25.27 carats.

 

Date: 30 May 2017

Location: James Christie’s Room, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, No.1 Expo Drive, Wanchai

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie's is also recognised as a reference for prestigious single owner collections, having auctioned 8 of the 10 most important collections in history.

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

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