Lot 622. A Fine Colombian Emerald and Diamond Necklace, by Harry Winston. Estimate HK$ 1,900,000 - 2,500,000 (€210,000 - 270,000). Sold for HK$ 1,875,000 (€202,169). Photo: Bonhams.
The front set with three step-cut emeralds, each within a pear-shaped diamond surround, connected by marquise and brilliant-cut diamonds, completed by a smaller step-cut emerald and brilliant-cut diamond clasp at the back to a row of brilliant-cut diamonds, diamonds approximately 38.20 carats total, emeralds approximately 15.65 carats total, maker's marks, unsigned, detachable to become three sections, length 38.5cm.
Accompanied by two AGL (American Gemological Laboratories) reports stating that the 4.52 and 3.70 carat natural emeralds have no indications of clarity enhancement and originate from Colombia. Report numbers 1081732 and 1081733, dated 22 March 2017.
Accompanied by an AGL (American Gemological Laboratories) report stating that the 6.72 carat natural emerald has minor indications of traditional clarity enhancement and originates from Colombia. Report number 8086431, dated 14 June 2017.
Provenance: A pair of emerald and diamond earrings and an emerald and diamond brooch/pendant, by Harry Winston, sold at Bonhams Hong Kong, Rare Jewels and Jadeite auction, 31 May 2017, lot 600 and 601, were purchased together at Harry Winston in London and once formed part of the same collection.
A Fine 6.04 carats Colombian Emerald and Diamond Brooch-Pendant Necklace, by Harry Winston. Sold for HK$ 2,220,000 (€240,927) at Bonhams Hong Kong, Rare Jewels and Jadeite auction, 31 May 2017, lot 600.
A Fine Pair of 6.85 and 6.18 carats Colombian Emerald and Diamond Earrings, by Harry Winston. Sold for HK$ 3,240,000 (€351,623) at Bonhams Hong Kong, Rare Jewels and Jadeite auction, 31 May 2017, lot 601.
Harry Winston's jewellery empire began in 1926, with the acquisition of the Arabella Huntington collection of jewels. Mrs Huntington, the wife of the railroad magnate Mr Henry E. Huntington, had one of the world's most superlative jewellery collections, predominantly purchased from top Parisian jewellers, such as Cartier. Winston modified the pieces to appeal to more modern tastes thereby showcasing both his distinctive talent for business as well as design.
He opened his first store in New York in 1932. Above all, Harry Winston understood the importance of marketing. Under his direction, the company marked the release of the 50th anniversary of the musical - The Wizard of Oz - with a replica of Dorothy's ruby slippers. Winston recreated the slippers setting them with 4,600 rubies, valued at over US$3 million. They were thought to be the most expensive pair of shoes ever made, and the news reached a world-wide audience. Some of the world's most renowned gemstones featured on and off-screen were owned by Harry Winston, hence his legendary nickname - 'Jeweller to the Stars'.