75-Carat Briolette Diamond, Exceptional Emeralds to Highlight Christie’s Hong Kong Auction

By Erika Winters

Christie’s Hong Kong is offering the largest briolette-cut diamond to ever appear at auction at its upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale on May 28, 2013. Weighing 75.36 carats, the D color, type IIa, and internally flawless briolette diamond is suspended from a marquise-cut purplish-pink diamond. The diamond necklace is expected to fetch between $8.5 million and $12.5 million.

Also highlighting the sale is an exceptional Colombian emerald and diamond necklace created by Boucheron circa 1950. The necklace is comprised of 8 drop-shaped and sugarloaf cabochon emeralds totaling approximately 105 carats. The emeralds are set between a line of graduated old European and cushion-cut diamonds, each weighing 10 carats or more. The spectacular necklace is expected to sell for $3 million to $5 million.

An important ruby and diamond ring by James W. Currens is also among the top lots to be presented at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. The ring is set with an 8.88-carat ruby, graded by the Gubelin gem laboratory as unheated and of Burmese origin.

Christie’s Hong Kong sale also includes an array of rare colored gemstone jewelry, including a 44.53-carat sapphire set in a diamond necklace by Cartier. Top quality jadeite cabochon jewels, carved jadeite, and natural pearls will also highlight the May 28 sale.

Visit Christie’s to view the full Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels catalogue.


75.36-carat briolette-cut diamond necklace, Christie's Hong Kong


75.36-carat briolette-cut diamond suspended from a marquise-cut purplish-pink diamond in 18k rose and white gold • Estimate: $8.5-12.5 million


Exceptional emerald and diamond necklace by Boucheron, Christie's Hong Kong


Exceptional emerald and diamond necklace by Boucheron with over 105 carats of Colombian emeralds • Estimate: $3-5 million


Ruby and diamond ring by James W. Currens


Ruby and diamond ring by James W. Currens with an 8.88-carat unheated Burmese ruby • Estimate: $2.3-3.6 million.


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