Magnificent Diamond Pendant Necklace. Photo Sotheby's
Set with a heart-shaped diamond weighing 50.05 carats, to a double link-chain necklace spectacle-set with brilliant-cut diamonds together weighing approximately 2.70 carats, mounted in 18 karat white gold, length approximately 430mm, photographed unmounted. Estimate 60,000,000 — 70,000,000 HKD
Accompanied by GIA report numbered 110206443741, dated 31 July 2014, stating that the 50.05 carat diamond is D colour, Internally Flawless clarity, with Excellent Polish; also accompanied by diamond type classification reports stating that the diamond is determined to be a Type IIa diamond. Type IIa diamonds are the most chemically pure type of diamond and often have exceptional optical transparency.
ROMANCE OF THE HEART
From ancient Greek to modern day, diamonds have long been magical and powerful symbols of eternal love, romance and commitment. In Greek mythology, diamonds were the tears of God, Roman literature references diamonds as fragments of fallen stars, and Cupid’s irresistible arrows of love, passion, and desire were tipped with diamonds, accentuating the magical and symbolic power of diamonds and its connotation to love.
The heart, the most universal representation of love, refers to the emotional and spiritual essence of a person, a symbol of love, compassion, joy and charity. There is undeniably no ultimate expression of love, than that of a diamond fashioned in the shape of a heart, to mark the precious meaning of the beginning of a new life, assurance of an engagement, commitment to marriage, or more precisely, an allegory of a lover’s vows.
Amongst the most celebrated heart-shaped diamonds, the largest heart-shaped diamond is perhaps the “La Lune” diamond at over 200 carats, “The Windsor Heart”, the famed 47.14 carat Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Pendant once belonged to the Duchess of Windsor and subsequently the collection of Estee and Evelyn Lauder has also marked its place in history; however, the most famous heart-shaped diamond in recent years is undisputedly the “Heart of Eternity”, a 27.64 carat fancy vivid blue diamond.
Heart-shaped diamonds are notoriously difficult to cut, and particularly to polish given the cleft. It takes immense skill and precision from the diamond cutter to bring out the scintillation, fire and beauty of this cut; hence, the rather limited beautiful heart-shaped diamonds of over 30 carats available in the market.
For the ultimate symbol of romance and sentimentality, whether it is a “Hanging Heart” sculpture rendered by Jeff Koons, the Verdura wrapped heart, or the Andy Warhol paintings of hearts and cupids, what could be a more profound way to show one’s love than through this rare gift from Mother nature - an impressive 50.04 carat “Perfect Heart” of D-colour, the pinnacle of colour grade for diamonds, and with the purity of an Internally Flawless, free of natural inclusions, Type IIA diamond, the most chemically pure type of diamond with exceptional optical transparency.
Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite. Hong Kong | 07 Oct 2014, 01:00 PM
Superb and Highly Important Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring, mounted by Sotheby's Diamonds
Superb and Highly Important Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring, mounted by Sotheby's Diamonds. Photo Sotheby's
Centring on a pear-shaped fancy vivid purple-pink diamond weighing 8.41 carats, to a stylized mount pavé-set throughout with circular-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum, signed Sotheby's Diamonds. Ring size: 5½. Estimate 100,000,000 — 120,000,000 HKD
Accompanied by GIA report numbered 1162202561, dated 27 June 2014, stating that the 8.41 carat diamond is natural, Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink colour, Internally Flawless clarity, with Excellent Polish; further accompanied by diamond type classification report stating that the diamond is determined to be a Type IIa diamond. Type IIa diamonds are the most chemically pure type of diamond and often have exceptional optical transparency. Also accompanied by a signed box.
Most pink diamonds through the formation process tend to have less than desirable clarity and also tend to suffer from an inherent trait of internal graining, which affects the brilliance and luster. This 8.41 carat pink diamond is remarkable for its very crisp crystal and internally flawless clarity as well as being “highly transparent and very clear”. This diamond is rare for its size, beautiful hue, and exemplary rich saturation of colour.
A HISTORY OF PINK DIAMONDS
“A coloured diamond is a touchstone of the universe, a little something God created that man can’t always find…they are the last frontier of collectable.” – R. Winston 1986
The story of this pink splendor was set nowhere else but in the ancient mines of South India, the land blessed with the world’s purest and most famous diamonds, and the only source of diamonds known to men before the 18th century. Jean Baptiste Tavernier, a French merchant and adventurer who was best known for acquiring the Tavernier Blue Diamond the he subsequently sold to Louis XIV, first made a reference to rose diamonds in early 17th century. According to Tavernier’s account, this enormous pink rough weighing over 200 carats was shown to him by moguls in kingdoms of Golconda in 1642 during his second voyage to the East. Valued at 600,000 rupees almost four hundred years ago, this diamond named ‘The Grand Table’ is still the largest pink diamond known to date. In his book ‘The Six Voyages’, he later drew a picture of two pale rose coloured diamonds that he purchased in India circa 1668.
Many of the world’s most famous pink diamonds, such as The Darya-i-Nur, Agra, Le Grand Condé, The Hortensia and Shah Jahaan, very likely originated in the famous Kollur mines, near Golconda in Southern India, adorning crowns and jewels of kings and moguls during that period. Some made their journeys into Europe and were sold or presented as largesse to monarchs and the royals. The exact source of some other famous ones is not known, and some quite large pink diamonds have been recovered from alluvial deposits in the interior of Brazil and Africa in more recent times.
Natural pink diamonds over a carat are extremely rare to come by; some would say it is beyond rare. The famous ‘Williamson’ pink, currently part of the British Crown Jewels, was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) on the occasion of her wedding on 20 November 1947. Taking its name from its finder, Dr. J.T. Williamson, this pink diamond is one of the most illustrious modern day finds from South Africa. In the late 1980s, encouraging soil samples led geologists in search of diamond mines to North West Australia. After a decade looking through kimberlite sites, they finally discovered the Argyle mines, which now supply approximately 90% of the world’s pink diamonds. Yet, despite this significant discovery, their paucity remained stupefying. Only 0.1% of the twenty million carats of rough produced annually is pink, and a whole year's worth of production of these pink treasures over half a carat would fit in the palm of your hand. The majority of the produce qualified as ‘pink’ are usually around twenty points and of low clarity.
Currently there are no other pink diamond mines in the world, and any discovery of pink diamond deposits would take at least a decade’s time up to the actual production. As this rare treasure draw more and more attention from gem connoisseurs and aficionadas around the world, the demand of the alluring pinks far exceeds the supply. Whenever a pink diamond over 5 carats is put up at an auction, it naturally assumes a pivotal position in the auction room, drawing waves of approving gasps when it fetches astronomical prices time after time. It does not take an expert to admire this nature’s marvel, and their dreamlike colour never disappoints. That, is the magic of pink diamonds.
MYSTICAL PINK – TRANSFORMING DEFECTION INTO PERFECTION
It is widely known that diamonds are formed by carbon atoms bonded together in a crystalline lattice that does not absorb any wavelengths of light, thus affording it a white or more accurately, colourless appearance. The whiter its colour, the more precious it is, such is the belief of the majority, because purity is that ultimate rarity. Yet fewer would understand that it is exactly these ‘impurities’, which gemmologists call ‘trace elements’, that account for the vibrant array of hues found in natural coloured diamonds. Each colour is nature’s unique recipe, and only the most subtle balance of ingredients can culminate in a substantial beauty too mesmerizing to be true.
Nitrogen and boron are the contributing factors to yellow and blue colours in diamonds; pink, however, kept its own secret far beyond comprehension of researchers. Natural pink diamonds have what is known as a defect centre. With enough of these defect centres the diamond may take on different properties, such as absorb certain wavelength of green light, lending it a pink appearance when light reaches our eyes. How this exactly happens still baffle gemmologists and scientists around the world.
What researchers are sure of is that one or more of the carbon atoms in the diamond lattice may be missing or replaced with a different element in the defect centres. This is a result of plastic deformation of the diamond during its geologic history in the earth, usually when it is in semi-solid state. Layers of carbon atoms that are parallel to the orientation of the applied stress are displaced slightly along gliding planes. These glided planes of atoms appear needle-like and are known as pink grain lines or pink graining.
The concentration of these bands of graining is directly related to the strength of the pink colour, the more graining there are, the more intense the pink colour. Hence, the critical conditions required for the formation of pink diamonds and the passage as they travel to reach earth surface often result in less than desirable clarity. It is fair to say that pink diamonds come naturally with a certain extent of graining. The linear pattern of surface graining can sometimes be moderately visible; whereas internal graining may give the diamond an overall hazy appearance. For a pink diamond to exhibit a homogenous and saturated pink colour without the obvious shortcoming of graining, a very delicate balance must be achieved, needless to say, completely shunned from human intervention. At the pinnacle of Mother Nature’s mastery is this 8.41 carat fancy vivid purple-pink diamond, displaying not only an evident sweet pink colour, but to be hailed for its exceptionally rare internally flawless clarity with no graining whatsoever and of a most beautiful hue of pink of intense saturation. True perfection, by all odds.
“Crystal” is a term that is sometimes used in gemmology to describe the appearance of top quality gems that is ‘highly transparent and very clear’. The 8.41 carat Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink diamond is a gem that the term crystal is aptly applied. It is a rare combination of size and saturated colour with an Internally Flawless clarity grade.
- Tom Moses, GIA Senior Vice President of Laboratory and Research
“Mined by De Beers, and fashioned from a diamond rough of over 18 carats, and through meticulous cutting and polishing, this flawless 8.41 carat vivid purple-pink diamond is a remarkable gift from Mother Nature, through Man’s creative aspiration and technical mastery.”
“Pink is adored for its flattering feminine colour : it is the gentle flakes of cherry blossoms in Springtime April; it is delicate cotton candy floss melting at the tips of innocent fingers: it is the cheeks of a new-born tucked into a soft woolly quilt; or a precious dream sailing on chartaceous carnations.”
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LaCloche Paris Art Deco Amethyst Buddha Pin. Photo courtesy Bentley & Skinner
A LaCloche Art Deco amethyst buddha pin, the pin comprising a carved amethyst buddha, embellished with rose-cut diamond-set halo, centre and fleur-de-lis base, all set to a platinum mount and pin, signed LaCloche Freres, gross weight 6.6 grams, circa 1920. Price: $14,787.50
Bentley & Skinner. 55 Piccadilly, London, W1J ODX, United Kingdom. +44 (0) 2076 290 651
Cindy Chao & Sarah Jessica Parker co-design 'Ballerina Butterfly' brooch to be auctioned at Sotheby's Hong Kong
The “Ballerina Butterfly” Brooch (Est. HK$6 – 7 million / US$750,000 – 950,000).
HONG KONG.- Contemporary fine jewelry artist Cindy Chao, globally recognized for her intricate designs of rare, colorful gemstones, has collaborated with actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist Sarah Jessica Parker on a singular jewelry creation. The 2014 Black Label Masterpiece “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch (Est. HK$6 – 7 million / US$750,000 – 950,000), co-designed by Chao and Parker, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Sale on 7 October. Net proceeds from its sale will benefit the New York City Ballet.
Parker and Chao came to admire each other’s respective work as creative artists during Chao’s 2011 Masterpiece Exhibition in Beijing. Their friendship and mutual respect led to discussions of a potential collaboration. It was decided during the opening of Chao’s boutique in Beijing in 2012, where Parker was an honorary guest, that the pair would combine their creative talents, working together to design a unique jewelry piece for charity.
The Black Label “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch was completed with heart and soul over the course of two years, during which Parker and Chao held several design meetings, reviewed sketches, wax models and gemstones together. Chao began the creation process by building a wax model of the piece, as she does with all of her Black Label Masterpiece creations. The “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch melds together Chao’s craftsmanship as one of the jewelry world’s premier artists along with Parker’s discerning eye for style and design.
The resulting creation is the 2014 Black Label Masterpiece “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch, constructed of a titanium and 18-karat gold body, featuring a cushion-cut fancy brown diamond weighing 26.27 carats, three rough brown diamond slices weighing 47.71 carats in total, three pieces of conch pearls weighing 7.25 carats in total, surrounded by 4,698 diamonds and fancy-colored diamonds weighing 98.09 carats in total, completing the majesty of the Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly. The “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch is inspired by the graceful beauty and elegance of ballet, displaying the sensibility, delicate structure, strength and mellifluous movement exhibited within a ballerina. The brooch can be worn either right-side up or upside-down to create two silhouettes of exceptional splendor.
“Sarah Jessica and I are two very different creative minds sharing the same artistic vision and passion,” expresses Chao. “She truly appreciates the essence and soul of my creations, and I admire her innovative yet classic view on fashion and style. My annual Butterflies carry special meaning for me. Collaborating with Sarah Jessica for a cause we both deeply care for and believe in makes this Ballerina Butterfly all the more special in my heart.” The Black Label Masterpiece Butterflies are one of Chao’s coveted motifs and revered by collectors worldwide. Chao has designed a Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly every year since 2008, symbolizing her metamorphosis as an artist. This year marks the tenth anniversary of CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel, lending great personal meaning to this Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly. The “Ballerina Butterfly” is Chao’s first art jewel collaboration, evoking a sense of infinite creative possibilities, portraying a passion for beauty, shared by both Chao and Parker.
“I have had the great pleasure of knowing Cindy and her work for several years, and it has been an incredibly special experience to collaborate with her,” states Parker. “Cindy’s jewelry designs are true works of art; they capture the eye and imagination in a memorable way. I am so pleased to partner with her on this project, which benefits the wonderful work of the New York City Ballet, an organization that is close to my heart.”
“New York City Ballet is honored to be a part of this wonderful collaboration between Sarah Jessica Parker and Cindy Chao,” said NYCB’s Executive Director Katherine Brown. “As a member of our Board of Directors, Sarah Jessica has created a number of exciting initiatives to both build new audiences and generate philanthropic support. We are thrilled that she and Cindy have chosen to make NYCB the inspiration for and benefactor of the sale of this exquisite “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch.
QUEK Chin Yeow, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and Chairman of International Jewellery, Asia said, "Sotheby's is proud and honored to be part of this exciting project, intertwining bejeweled creativity and the Performance Arts with the world of art auction. In offering this unique ‘Ballerina Butterfly Brooch’ in Hong Kong, it undoubtedly becomes a global phenomenon."
The “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch made its debut during Haute Couture week in Paris, July 7-10. It will travel throughout Asia before going to New York, where Chao and Parker will serve as Co-Chairs of the New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala on September 23, 2014. The brooch will then return to Hong Kong in October, prior to the auction.
Cindy Chao and Sarah Jessica Parker wearing the Ballerina Butterfly Brooch..
Yan Pei-Ming, Pope Innocent X no.3, 2013. Oil on canvas, 59 1/10 × 59 1/10 in, 150 × 150 cm. ©2014 Artsy
Yan Pei-Ming, Black Bird I, 2013. Oil on canvas, 11 4/5 × 15 7/10 in, 30 × 40 cm. ©2014 Artsy
Yan Pei-Ming, Black Bird II, 2013. Oil on canvas, 11 4/5 × 15 7/10 in, 30 × 40 cm. ©2014 Artsy
Yan Pei-Ming, Black Bird IX, 2013. Oil on canvas, 11 4/5 × 15 7/10 in, 30 × 40 cm. ©2014 Artsy
Yan Pei-Ming, The Other Bird - F16, 2013. Oil on canvas,, 44 9/10 × 76 4/5 in, 114 × 195 cm. ©2014 Artsy
Contact For Price. Massimo De Carlo. London: 00442072872005 - Milan: 00390270003987
Mikimoto's Double Eight necklace is available from the pearl jeweller's New Bond Street Boutique and Harrods Fine Jewellery Room.
Celebrating luck and fortune, Mikimoto's Double Eight collection necklace features 88 perfectly matched cultured Akoya pearls.
The innovative clasp, which is made up of circles to form numerous number eights, means that Mikimoto's 88 necklace can be worn in a multitude of ways.
A rare Jizhou splashed black-glazed bowl , Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008
Potted with rounded flaring sides rising from a knife-cut foot ring to a finger-grooved band below the lipped rim, the interior with recessed center boldly decorated with an irregular pattern of swirls of variegated russet and pale milky brown color reserved on the blackish-brown ground, the exterior similarly decorated; 6 5/16 in. (16 cm.) diam., box. Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000. Price Realized: $30,000
Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong in 1995.
Notes: The dramatic swirling decoration on this bowl was created by applying a slip in sweeping strokes atop the brown glaze on the interior and exterior before firing.
A Jizhou bowl of similar shape with similar swirl decoration is illustrated by M. Sullivan, Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes and Jades in the Collection of Sir Alan and Lady Barlow, London, 1963, pl. 123d. See, also, the bowl sold at Sotheby's, New York, 14 November 2001, lot 79.
A Jianyao 'Hare's Fur' tea bowl, Song dynasty, 12th-13th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008
With deep conical sides, the interior and exterior covered in a lustrous black glaze finely streaked with silvery brown 'hare's fur' markings, thinning to dark brown at the rim and pooling in a line above the neatly cut foot to reveal the coarse ware fired to a dark purplish- brown color, with metal-bound rim; 4 7/8 in. (12.5 cm.) diam. Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000. Price Realized: $27,500
Provenance: Acquired in Berlin in the 1920s from Ernst Fritsche, a prominent German antique dealer.
Notes: R. Mowry in Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers: Chinese Brown- and Black-glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, Harvard University Art Museums, 1995, describes the creation of the 'hare's fur' markings on the surface of the glaze as particles in the iron-rich slip being pulled downward during firing.
This finely potted bowl is similar to one illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 10, Tokyo, 1955, pl. 61; and another included in the exhibition, Song ceramics from the Hans Popper collection, Eskenazi, London, 3 - 26 November 2005, 37.
A rare lobed Guanyao vase , Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008
Of Jiaotanxia type, the body of pear shape molded with eight lobes rising from the spreading foot of conforming outline and rising to a flared mouth rim, covered overall with a pale slightly bluish gray-green glaze suffused with golden crackle, the foot rim left unglazed allowing the grey ware to fire to a reddish brown; 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high, box Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000. Price Realized: $11,875
Provenance: New York private collection since 1991.
Notes: A very similar vase from the Jiaotanxia (Suburban Altar) site at Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, and now in the Seattle Art Museum, is illustrated by Trubner et. al., in the catalogue, Asiatic Art in the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1973, p. 167, no. 121. Compare, also, the Jiaotanxia Guanyao vase of this form illustrated by Hasebe in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 12, Tokyo, 1977, p. 225, fig. 79.
A Dingyao carved petal-lobed dish, Northern Song dynasty, 11th-12th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008
With slightly rounded, widely flared sides applied in slip on the interior with six narrow ribs rising to six corresponding notches in the rim, the center carved with a lotus spray, covered inside and out with a glaze of ivory tone falling in olive-green tears on the exterior and continuing over the foot to cover the base, the rim unglazed; 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) diam. Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000. Price Realized: $10,625
Provenance: Acquired prior to 1985.
Notes: A Ding ware dish of this shape, similarly carved with a lotus sprig in the center and applied with thin ribs of slip, and formerly in the Heeramaneck Collection, is illustrated by J. Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, London, 1979, pl. 58c. This dish, unlike the present example, has a metal-bound rim.
A Yaozhou celadon foliate bowl, Northern Song dynasty, 11th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008
The deep, flaring sides divided by deep notches and rising towards the everted rim with six out-turned petal lobes, covered overall with a glaze of greyish-olive color; 4¾ in. (12 cm.) diam. Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000. Price Realized: $6,875
Notes: Compare the very similar Yaozhou celadon bowl of this form in The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, illustrated in Masterpieces of Yaozhou Ware, Osaka, 1997, p. 25, no. 26.
Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Chopard Red Carpet Collection at flagship store on New Bond Street and the brand's boutiques in Selfridges and Harrods.
Chopard Red Carpet Collection earrings featuring pear-shaped rubellites surrounded by diamonds, set in rose gold (£POA).
Chopard Red Carpet Collection necklace with black diamonds, sapphires and spinels set in white gold (£POA).
Chopard Red Carpet Collection earrings with cabochon rubies surrounded by diamonds, set in white gold (£POA).
Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond earrings in white gold (£POA).
Chopard Red Carpet Collection necklace with pear-shaped rubies forming flowers and diamonds set in white gold (£POA).
Chopard Red Carpet Collection necklace featuring rubellites, rubies and diamonds set in rose gold (£POA).
Chopard Red Carpet Collection ring with a central 11ct oval-shaped ruby set in rose gold and diamonds (£POA).
Friedemann Bühler, Vase shaped vessel, bleached ash, brushed and sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.
Friedemann Bühler, Tall vessel, bleached ash, brushed surface. Photo by Richard Becker.
Friedemann Bühler, Tall vase shaped vessel, bleached ash, brushed surface. Photo by Richard Becker.
Friedemann Bühler, Bowl, blackened oak, brushed, sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.
Friedemann Bühler, Cut-in bowl, bleached ash, brushed and sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.
Friedemann Bühler, Tall jagged edged vessel, blackened oak, brushed, sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.
Friedemann Bühler, Open bowl, bleached ash, brushed and sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.
Friedemann Bühler, Tall vessel, blackened oak, brushed, sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.
Friedemann Bühler, Wide bowl, bleached ash, brushed and sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.
Friedemann Bühler © 2014 OEN