25 April 2019


Modern and Historical Jewels and Exceptional Gemstones
Highlight Phillips Hong Kong Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale

Also Featuring a Selection of New Modern and Vintage Jadeite Jewellery

Exhibition: 23-26 May | Auction: 27 May
JW Marriott Hong Kong

HONG KONG – 25 April 2019 – This May in Hong Kong, Phillips’ Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale will present a vast range of jewels, featuring rare and exceptional sapphires, quality gemstones, fancy coloured and the unique ASHOKA® cut diamonds, iconic pieces of modern and vintage jewellery by renowned makers, as well as fine jadeites in traditional forms and contemporary designs. With such a broad array of offerings this season, these are jewels that will appeal to seasoned collectors and influential tastemakers alike.

Terry Chu, Head of Jewellery, Phillips Asia: “We are pleased to present a carefully curated auction showcasing both contemporary and vintage jewellery design with a modern sensibility, from the iconic Graff ‘Butterfly’ Diamond brooch, to the unique Art Deco Mauboussin gem-set and diamond sautoir necklace. This season also highlights very fine and rare examples of precious gemstones and the distinctive ASHOKA® cut diamond. A stunning selection of jadeite jewellery exudes both classic and contemporary appeal will also be presented alongside iconic designs by famed jewellers and independent designers.”


Please click here for images of highlights from the Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale (Image courtesy of Phillips)



A breathtaking pair of Kashmir sapphire ear-clips signed by Harry Winston will lead this season’s auction (illustrated right) — Hailing from the legendary mine of Kashmir which was long depleted over a hundred years ago, the two specimens of matching size and cutting display the iconic blue hue that remains constant regardless of the light source – a distinctive attribute of Kashmir sapphires that makes them highly covetable.


It is difficult to fathom the difficulty of assembling two Kashmir sapphires of matching quality in this size, and for them to be completely free of heat treatment. It is a quest that required years, if not decades to complete.


Among other highlights in the auction are several exceptional Sri Lankan sapphires (illustrated below).




This season, Phillips will also offer vintage and modern jewellery by famed jewellers such as Cartier, Graff, Mauboussin and Van Cleef & Arpels. One of the highlights is a unique Art Deco sautoir necklace (illustrated below) made by Mauboussin in the 1920’s, which marked the most important chapter in the history of the legendary French maison. The use of carved coloured gemstones in the form of foliate motifs and fluted beads exudes exoticism and fascination with the Far East. Its versatility – the necklace is convertible to four bracelets – also reflects the lavish fashion of wearing multiple bracelets at that time.  Preserved in its spectacular original condition, this necklace is a creation at the pinnacle of Mauboussin’s most glorious years and arguably one of the most collectible and precious examples.

The cover lot of this season is a magnificent brooch from Graff’s ‘Butterfly’ series, a unique piece composed of 86 high quality diamonds weighing a total of over 60 carats. The oversized wings are studded with sizeable brilliant-cut diamonds and the openwork structure emphasizes the lightness of its wings while affording them a massive volume of dazzling brilliance that seems to radiate from its body. Graff was inspired by the symmetrical geometry of butterflies and has incorporated this in their watches and high jewellery collection.




This season, Phillips presents fine jadeite in both traditional forms and contemporary designs.

Phillips Hong Kong Spring Sale 2019
Location: JW Marriott, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong



26 May

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale: 10am
20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening Sale: 6pm

27 May

Jewels and Jadeite: 2:30pm
Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS: 6:30pm

28 May

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT: 12pm

Asia Preview Tour



27- 28 April

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
, Garden Pavilion, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799

3-4 May

Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, 480 West Jianguo Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200031, China

18-19 May

Breeze Exhibition Center3F No. 100 Song Ren Road

Xinyi Dist., Taipei 110

23-26 May

Hong Kong
JW Marriott, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Selling Exhibition: Foujita / Sanyu: Muses & Models
18-31 May 10am to 6pm | 14/F St. George’s Building, 2 Ice House Street Central Hong Kong

PRESS CONTACT:               
HONG KONG – Ingrid Hsu, Public Relations Director, Asia           IngridHsu@phillips.com   +852 2318 2043

Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.  In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services.

Visit www.phillips.com for further information.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium; prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium.

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