This spectacularly designed and painstakingly constructed coiled serpent choker boasts a 12.29ct Colombian emerald tear-drop and an intricate custom-cut buff-topped ruby forehead crowned with a buff-top emerald-cut emerald. As close to real life scales as one may imagine, these channel-set, jigsaw construction corundum and beryl ensemble could be considered mere accentuations to expertly interlocking articulated links pave-set with a multitude of diamonds mounted in contrasting patches of yellowish brown and orange colors.
A hidden clasp secures this slithering snake, menacingly clutching his pave-diamond gallery prey, mounted with a well-cut prong-set tear-drop Colombian emerald. Mounted in 18k yellow gold and measuring 39cm long, Hissing –Sid is signed ‘C.F. for Carvin French’ and numbered (10144) accompanied by AGTA Certificate number 95004010 dated 22nd May 2007 stating that the 12.29ct emerald is of Colombian origin with minor clarity enhancement. Offered on 28th May 2013, this memorable serpent necklace will accept your bids at Christies in Hong Kong next week.
Centrally mounted with a cushion-cut Ceylon sapphire weighing approximately 46cts, this independent girandole Cartier pendant is rear-fitted with quatrefoil connective fixtures. Superbly matched with a trio of sizable cabochon emerald tear-drops accentuated by a double row of graduating emeralds punctuated by roundels, this spellbinding signed Cartier necklace (No. 34391B) is constructed in platinum mounted with pendant motif matching spacers and clasp, accentuated by a charming and cheeky clasping cabochon sapphire tear-drop.
Estimated to sell for between one and two million dollars, this colorful Cartier necklace is certified by the Gubelin Gem Lab, report number 0408151 dated 19th February 2013, stating that the Ceylon sapphire is unheated. Offered in the original red leather Cartier case, this necklace / brooch ensemble will be available for purchase at Christies auction house in Hong Kong on 28th May 2013.
Centrally mounted with an oval padparadscha weighing approximately 74cts, this 18k rose gold ring offers a diamond mounted surround and trifurcated shoulders. Certified by SSEF, this Ceylonese origin pastel sapphire is described as “possessing extraordinary characteristics that merit special attention and appreciation.” Of impressive weight and size with outstanding purity, the color of this Sri Lancan padparadscha is highly characteristic for this rare variety of corundum. Exhibiting zero treatments for color or clarity, this virgin GIA certified padparadscha is featured in report number 65177 dated 3rd October 2012, issued by the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute described as displaying a “homogenous delicate orange-pink color.”
The name padparadscha is derived from Sanskrit: ‘padma’ meaning lotus, and ‘raga’ meaning color since it resembles the famed and beautiful lotus flower of Sri Lanka where the source of these remarkable gems was first discovered. Belonging to the corundum family, the slight presence of particular trace elements determines color; while sapphires are tinted with iron and rubies with chromium, padparadschas are honored by a combination of both. This ring will be auctioned in Hong Kong at Christies on 28th May 2013.
This 75.36ct briolette diamond pendant is directly supported by a purplish-pink colored marquise diamond prong-set in rose gold, suspended from an adjustable length 18k white gold briolette diamond chain measuring 45.8cm long. Accompanied by GIA Certificate number 11812033 dated 18th April 2013, this type IIA internally flawless, D color diamond is described as being amongst the most chemically pure and of exceptional optical transparency.
Type IIA diamonds were originally identified as originating from India, particularly the Golconda Region but have since been recovered in all major diamond-producing regions of the world. Both the 530ct Cullinan diamond and the 105ct Koh-I-Noor diamond are categorized as type IIA diamonds. Estimated to realize between approximately nine and thirteen million dollars, this magnificent necklace will be sold in auction by Christies, Hong Kong on 28th May 2013.
Selling in the original grey suede Boucheron case, this platinum and 18k yellow gold GIA certified Boucheron necklace measures 39.5cm long. Mounted with a row of very angular graduating European-cut diamonds vertically interspersed with prong-set baguette diamonds, this spectacular necklace boasts a hinged European-cut diamond suspended from each of eight centrally aligned baguette diamonds. Supporting three large tear-drop cabochon emeralds, the three largest European-cut diamonds are rear-mounted with horizontal jump-rings, through which oxidized white gold bales are secured, bezel-set with an assortment of accentuating European-cut diamonds.
In stark contrast, four smaller double 18k yellow gold prong-set cabochon emeralds are attached to pairs of supporting European-cut diamonds by means of discreet jump-rings. A hidden sugarloaf emerald clasp completes this memorable fringe necklace mounted with approximately 105cts of sizable superbly matched flanking Colombian emeralds of ‘excellent’ purity, rarely witnessed in beryl. Commonly filled with a colorless substance to enhance emerald clarity, GIA was surprised to find none evident in the larger and most impressive emerald, covered in the Swiss GIA report number 66682 dated 11th February 2013. This necklace is being offered on 28th May 2013 by Christies in Hong Kong.
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