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Contemporary Rings Lead Bonhams Sale

Oct 15, 2017 6:52 AM   By Rapaport News
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Diamond rings by contemporary designers Cindy Chao and Stephen Webster will headline the Bonhams Rare Jewels & Jadeite Sale in Hong Kong on November 26.

The top lot is a dress ring by Chao featuring an oval-cut, 4.23-carat, fancy pink-purple diamond, estimated at $1 million (HKD 8 million) to $1.3 million (HKD 10 million). The diamond is wrapped within a ribbon-design setting, pavé-set with brilliant and cushion-cut diamonds.

“Cindy Chao is one of the most sought-after Asian jewelers of the 21st century, renowned for harnessing the ancient architectural legacy of her family to create one-of-a-kind jewels,” said Graeme Thompson, head of jewelry for Bonhams Asia.

Another highlight is a diamond and colored-diamond ring (pictured) by British jewelry designer Webster, regarded as one of the most prominent designers of his generation.

The center stone is a brilliant-cut, 10.03-carat, E-color, VS2-clarity diamond set within a “thunderbolt” frame of pink diamonds and additional brilliant-, baguette- and marquise-cut diamonds. The ring is estimated at $190,000 (HKD 1.5 million) to $280,000 (HKD 2.2 million).

Also set to go under the hammer will be a 17.33-carat Burmese sapphire and diamond ring, mounted by Bulgari. The ring features an oval-cut sapphire, set between crescent-shaped diamond shoulders, and has a pre-sale estimate of $370,000 (HKD 2.9 million) to $500,000 (HKD 3.9 million).

A 10.02 carat “No Oil” Colombian emerald and diamond ring estimated at $440,000 (HKD 3.4 million) to $510,000 (HKD 4 million) will also feature in the Bonhams sale. The cushion-shaped emerald is set between trillion-cut diamond shoulders.
Tags: Auctions, Cindy Chao, design, Jewelry, jewelry design, Rapaport News, Rare Jewels & Jadeite Sale, Stephen Webster
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