Lot 1790. Gem-set and Diamond Dragon Bracelet, Early 20th CenturyEstimate HK$640,000 – 800,000 / US$82,500 – 104,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Important Jewels and Jadeite sale will take place on 28 November at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery. The sale is highlighted by a tasteful selection of signed jewellery by renowned brands such as Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier, alongside a collection of specially-curated pieces for cosmopolitan gentlemen, further complemented by an array of treasured gemstones, diamond, natural pearl and jadeite jewellery. 

QUEK Chin Yeow, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and Chairman of International Jewellery, Asia, said, “This November, we are pleased to bring to the market a meticulous selection of iconic signed jewellery from some of the most famous brands, as well as a collection of recognisably masculine pieces designed for today’s dapper gentlemen. With the festive season soon approaching, this forthcoming auction, with offerings at various price points suited for an array of occasions, will be the perfect platform for those looking to treat themselves at the end of the year, and for those wanting to surprise their loved ones with the most desirable and exceptional gifts.” 


Men’s adornment of jewellery has been in existence for many centuries, from early monarchs and noblemen wearing extravagantly decorated items that served as symbols of status, power and prominence to the current cultural conversations of today’s well-groomed and sophisticated dapper man. Today, men place particular importance on a groomed physical appearance, pursuing the presence of cool nonchalance. Designers pay homage to this trend by creating recognisably masculine pieces accented with subtle fresh twists, fashioning an elegant blend of contemporary masculinity. When it comes to man jewellery, a couple of tastefully selected pieces that complement each other are all that is necessary to complete a polished look. 



Lot 1697. Pair of Alexandrite Cufflinks. Estimate HK$250,000 – 300,000 / US$32,300 – 38,700. Photo: Sotheby's.

Each set with an oval alexandrite weighing 1.80 and 1.78 carats respectively, within a hexagonal frame set with circular-cut alexandrites weighing approximately 1.85 carats in total, mounted in 18 karat white gold.

Accompanied by two Gübelin reports numbered 12081049 and 12081050, both dated 31 August 2012, stating that the 1.80 and 1.78 carat alexandrites are natural, of Brazilian origin, with no indications of treatment.



Lot 1698. 19.09 carats Sri Lankan Sapphire and Diamond Ring. Estimate  HK$700,000 – 900,000 US$90,500 – 117,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

Of bombé design, set with an oval sapphire weighing 19.09 carats, within a circular-cut diamond surround and pavé-set diamond shoulders, the diamonds weighing approximately 8.40 carats in total, mounted in 18 karat white gold. Ring size: 7½

Accompanied by GRS report numbered GRS2014-080737, dated 21 August 2014, stating that the 19.09 carat sapphire is natural, of Sri Lankan origin, vivid blue (GRS type 'royal blue'), with no indications of thermal treatment. 


Lot 1706. Diamond, Enamel & Emerald Pendent Necklace; and Diamond, Emerald and Onyx Ring; ‘Panthère’, Cartier. Estimate HK$95,000 – 140,000 / US$12,300 – 18,100Photo: Sotheby's.

Designed as a circular-cut diamond disc depicting a panther, highlighted by black enamel spots and emerald eye, to a silk cord; and the ring designed as a pavé-set circular-cut diamond panther, highlighted by emerald eyes and onyx nose; mounted in 18 karat white gold, both signed Cartier and numbered, pendant with French assay and maker's marks, ring with Swiss assay mark. Ring size: 6¼   (2)


Lot 1701. Diamond, Onyx and Mother-of-Pearl Wristwatch, ‘Décor Dragon’, Cartier. Estimate HK$850,000 – 1,100,000 / US$110,000 – 142,000Photo: Sotheby's.

The skeletonised cover designed as a circular-cut diamond dragon with emerald-set eye, opening to reveal an onyx dial, embellished with a similar mother-of-pearl dragon with diamond and emerald details, enhanced by diamond-set bezel and buckle, diamonds weighing approximately 38.00 carats in total, mounted in 18 karat white gold, mechanical movement, limited edition of 150 pieces worldwide, signed Cartier, numbered, Swiss assay marks and Cartier's maker's mark, circa 2011.


Lot 1700. Onyx and Diamond Dress Set. Estimate HK$60,000 – 80,000 / US$7,800 – 10,400Photo: Sotheby's.

Comprising: a pair of cufflinks, two shirt buttons and two studs, each centring a cabochon onyx, accented with old European-cut diamonds and calibré-cut onyx, mounted in white gold, cufflinks and shirt buttons signed Cartier Paris and numbered.   (5) 


Lot 1702. 5.36 carats Diamond Ring. Estimate HK$160,000 – 250,000 / US$20,700 – 32,300Photo: Sotheby's.

Set with a cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut diamond weighing 5.36 carats, to the mount decorated with circular-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum. Ring size: 5¾

Accompanied by GIA report numbered 7188677634, dated 26 November 2014, stating that the 5.36 carat diamond is S to T Colour, SI1 Clarity. 

Dragons, with its mythical powers and legendary greatness, represent the highest spiritual power of change and transformation. Its majestic presence makes it one of the most potent symbols for wisdom and good fortune. Considered as the ‘Celestial Stag’, dragons are associated with the yang masculine principles of Sun, fire and dominance, as opposed to yin, the feminine principles of passivity and softness. Symbols of imperial hierarchy, their benevolence signifies grace, honour and magnanimity. 



Lot 1790. Gem-set and Diamond Dragon Bracelet, Early 20th Century. Estimate HK$640,000 – 800,000 / US$82,500 – 104,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

 The articulated diamond bracelet, highlighted with a low relief millegrain-set calibré-cut ruby, onyx and rock crystal dragon, decorated with old European- and rose-cut diamonds, the rubies and diamonds weighing approximately 5.00 and 1.40 carats in total respectively, mounted in 18 karat white gold, with French assay marks and numbered, length approximately 190mm.

The rubies decorating the dragon’s body accentuate the royal majestic nature of the dragon, as rubies have been considered symbols of nobility and importance, as well as possessing the power to increase one's vitality and power. 




Lot 1793. Diamond Bangle, ‘Flying Butterfly’, Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimate HK$470,000 – 620,000 / US$61,000 – 80,000Photo: Sotheby's.

Designed as three fluttering butterflies, two of openwork design highlighted with circular-cut diamonds, and one embellished with pavé-set circular-cut diamonds, the diamonds weighing approximately 6.00 carats in total, mounted in 18 karat white gold, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, VCA and numbered.

Accompanied by Van Cleef & Arpels Authenticity Certificate. 


Lot 1704. Diamond, Sapphire, Emerald and Onyx Ring, ‘Panthère’, Cartier. Estimate HK$900,000 – 1,200,000 / US$117,000 – 155,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

Designed as a pavé-set circular-cut diamond panther with calibré-cut sapphire spots, embellished with pear-shaped emerald-set eyes and onyx-set nose, the diamonds weighing approximately 4.90 carats in total, mounted in platinum, signed Cartier and numbered. Ring size: 6


Lot 1709. Pair of Diamond Clip Brooches, Cartier. Estimate HK$480,000 – 600,000 / US$62,000 – 77,500. Photo: Sotheby's.

Of foliate design, set with marquise-shaped and old European-cut diamonds weighing approximately 9.80 carats in total, mounted in white gold, signed Cartier and numbered.



Lot 1764. Jadeite, Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Parure. Estimate HK$800,000 – 900,000 / US$104,000 – 117,000Photo: Sotheby's.

Comprising: a necklace set with nine icy colourless jadeite cabochons, spaced and completed by pear-shaped and circular-cut yellow sapphires, embellished with circular-cut diamonds; pair of pendent earrings and ring; the yellow sapphires and diamonds stated to weigh approximately 9.56 and 2.04 carats in total; mounted in 18 karat white and yellow gold, Ring size 6, length approximately 455mm.   (3)
Cabochons on necklace approximately 16.21 x 14.31 x 9.51 to 13.13 x 12.43 x 8.36mm; cabochons on earrings approximately 13.89 x 12.69 x 9.02mm and 13.18 x 11.82 x 8.90mm; cabochon on ring approximately 16.05 x 14.35 x 7.25mm. 

Accompanied by Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory certificate numbered KJ 93962 - KJ 93963 and KJ 93965(1-3), dated 11 October 2016, stating that the jadeite tested are natural, known in the trade as "A Jade". 



Lot 1763. Jadeite and Diamond Brooch. Estimate HK$400,000 – 600,000 / US$52,000 – 77,500Photo: Sotheby's.

Set with highly translucent carved jadeite foliage of emerald green colour, suffused with bright emerald green streaks, decorated with circular-cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.00 carat, fitted case. Carved jadeite approximately 24.51 x 18.09 x 3.09 to 10.31 x 7.24 x 3.20mm.

Accompanied by Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory certificate numbered SJ 140475, dated 7 October 2016, stating that the jadeite tested is natural, known in the trade as "A Jade". 



Lot 1666. Pair of Clam Pearl, Sapphire, Diamond and Pearl Earrings. Estimate HK$260,000 – 320,000 / US$33,600 – 41,300Photo: Sotheby's.

Each set with a button-shaped clam pearl measuring approximately 13.65mm and 13.60mm respectively, decorated with shield-shaped sapphires, circular-cut diamonds and numerous white pearls, not tested; the sapphires weighing approximately 30.30 carats in total, mounted in 18 karat white gold, with clip and collapsible post fittings.

Accompanied by GIA report numbered 5233738278, dated 14 September 2016, stating that the two sapphires randomly tested are natural, with no indications of heating; also accompanied by GIA report numbered 1238737077, dated 14 September 2016, stating that the two button-shaped clam pearls are natural saltwater pearls, with no indications of treatment. 



Lot 1734. Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace. Estimate HK$220,000 – 280,000 / US$28,400 – 36,100Photo: Sotheby's.

Suspending a natural pearl tassel, to the surmount set with baguette, circular- and rose-cut diamonds, completed by a circular-cut diamond-set necklace, the diamonds weighing approximately 2.00 carats in total, mounted in white gold, length approximately 440mm. 

Accompanied by a gemmological report.


Lot 1684. Multi-Coloured Diamond and Diamond Bracelet. Estimate HK$350,000 – 440,000 / US$45,200 – 57,000Photo: Sotheby's.

Set with variously-shaped multi-coloured diamonds weighing 9.05 carats in total, embellished with circular-cut diamonds stated to weigh approximately 2.56 carats in total, mounted in 18 karat white, yellow and pink gold, length approximately 170mm.

Accompanied with twenty-one GIA reports.


Lot 1744. Silver-gilt, Pink Gold and Ruby Minaudière, Boucheron, Paris. Estimate HK$16,000 – 24,000 / US$2,100 – 3,100Photo: Sotheby's.

The silver rectangular case decorated with pink gold top of pierced floral motif, highlighted with cabochon rubies, the silver-gilt thumbpiece pushed open to reveal three compartments, one lipstick holder and one cylindrical container with a cigarette holder, signed Boucheron, Paris, numbered, French assay and maker's marks, measurement approximately 130 x 85 x 20mm, gross weight approximately 530 grams, with fitted bag stamped Boucheron.



Lot 1779. 24.15 carats Cat’s-eye Chrysoberyl and Diamond Ring. Estimate HK$480,000 – 550,000 / US$62,000 – 71,000Photo: Sotheby's.

Set with a cat's eye chrysoberyl weighing 24.15 carats, accented with princess-cut diamonds, mounted in 18 karat white and yellow gold. Ring size: 9½ 

Accompanied by GRS report numbered GRS2014-105858, dated 3 November 2014, stating that the 24.15 carat cat's eye chrysoberyl is natural, with no indications of treatment.