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Luxeford to Hold Autumn Auction in November

Oct 23, 2013 3:57 AM   By Luxeford
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Press Release: Edmond Chan, the head of jewelry Asia at Luxeford, said, ''Stunning, high-quality gemstones of all kinds continue to be sought after in the market, the enchanting radiance of unheated rubies, sapphires and emeralds continually contending the refined luster of jadeite and natural pearls.

''Taking in a gorgeous array of items, our autumn auction presents an extensive selection -- some of graceful vintage beauty, others enriched by sleek and contemporary design essence, all masterfully handcrafted. The fine objects of attraction will speak for themselves.''

An enchanting natural pearl and diamond pendent necklace, designed as a sautoir comprised of 66 graduated off-round natural pearls, suspending a brilliant-cut diamond weighing approximately 8.20 carats and a series of drop-shaped natural pearls, at an estimated value of $412,752 (HKD 3.2 million). The well-matched series of natural pearls make the subtly glamorous piece highly collectable.

The enthusiast will be lured to bid by the uncommon Thai natural ruby and diamond ring, with a pre-sale estimate at a minimum of $232,173 (HKD 1.8 million). In the old days, Thai rubies have been extensively used in the royal jewels of Thailand. Regrettably, prominent mines in Thailand have become extinct on account of senseless exploitation, therefore are no longer producing. Over 99 percent of Thai rubies available in the market have undergone technical heat treatments. This untreated oval-cut 5.61-carat ruby is hence a rare specimen of the fine, top-quality unheated materials.

The beautifully thick, double-sided, translucent bright emerald green jadeite ''Huaigu'' pendants exude a charming contrast against the cabochon sapphire surmounts on a pair of jadeite, sapphire and diamond ear pendants with an estimated value of $103,188 (HKD 800,000).

Equally fine-looking is a high-dome oval jadeite cabochon ring, its intense emerald green color and very good translucency is accentuated by the pavé-set diamond bombé gallery and half-hoop, estimated at $90,289 (HKD 700,000).

Other timeless pieces highlighted in this auction include: a Colombian octagonal step-cut emerald and diamond pendent necklace, 28.13 carats, pendant detachable; a Burmese oval-cut unheated ruby and diamond ring, 10.17 carats; a pair of Sri Lankan unheated oval-cut sapphire and diamond earrings, 21.35 and 21.29 carats; a rectangular cushion-cut unheated royal blue sapphire ring, 15.50 carats. These adornments embody classic charm.

In exhibition of blending everlasting with contemporary elements, we present exquisite pieces from jeweler-turned-designers: Simon Rudle, of Russian origin, an 81-carat diamond choker displaying asymmetric flows of art-deco-styled links and mini foliage clusters; from Pierre Sterlé, of French origin, a sapphire, turquoise and diamond brooch of stylized floral theme showcased in a delicately peculiar play of precious and semi-precious gemstones. Last but not least, a Cartier antique diamond necklace, circa 1920, the Art Deco old mine-cut diamond chevron links are sophisticated and enhanced by diamond-set geometric hoops and a detachable clasp.

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