Lot 616. A rare and fine pair of jadeite, ruby and diamond ear pendants. Estimate HK$ 4,200,000 - 6,000,000 (€460,000 - 650,000). Photo: Bonhams.
Each suspending two highly translucent jadeite hoops 'huaigu' of intense emerald green colour, accented by briolette, rose and brilliant-cut diamonds, to the cabochon ruby-set surmount; estimated total diamond weight 2.10 carats; estimated total ruby weight 3.3 carats; jadeite measures approximately 17.7 x 5.1 x 5.2; 17.7 x 5.2 x 5.4; 17.7 x 5.2 x 5.2 and 17.8 x 5.2 x 5.5mm; length 7.3cm
Accompanied by a Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory report #KJ102209(1-2), KJ102210 (1-2), dated 27 October 2020, stating that the natural colour fei cui (jadeite jade) has no resin detected.
Note: The jadeite hoop 'huaigu' or jadeite 'donut' is a traditional Chinese mascot. It is believed that the shape is inspired by the silhouette of the ancient Chinese coin. The roundness symbols harmony and eternity, which brings good health and fortune to the wearers; as well as, protection against bad spirits.
The four jadeite hoops set in these earpendants are of 'imperial green' colour and with vivid saturation. Because of their very fine crystal structure and translucency, they display a desirable 'glass' texture. The exceptional combination of very fine colour and texture makes these earpendants a very rare collectable jadeite jewel
Bonhams. Hong Kong Jewels and Jadeite, Hong Kong, 28 November 2020