Two rare jewellery pieces from celebrated jewellery designers are headlining Christie's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels 2017 Spring Auction scheduled for May 30.
According to Christie’s, the two extraordinary pieces are renowned for their rarity, 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,” added the auction house.
The ‘Palmette’ necklace
Created by distinguished jewellery designer Edmond Chin for the illustrious House of Boghossian, this emerald and diamond necklace features a delicate repeating palmette motif with 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,” noted Christie’s.
The Jonker No. 5
The Jonker No. 5 diamond forms a key part of a legendary collection of diamonds from the world-famous 726-carat Jonker rough discovered by Jacob Jonker.
Unearthed on January 17, 1934, this rough was the fourth-largest, gem-quality diamond ever uncovered. According to Christie’s, 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, revealed the auction house.