The Dunhuang Pipa necklace by Anna Hu
Sotheby’s Hong Kong is shining the spotlight on a 100.02-carat fancy intense yellow diamond, named the Dunhuang Pipa necklace, at its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite 2019 Autumn Sale in October.
The piece, designed and mounted by renowned jewellery artist Anna Hu, has a pre-sale estimate of HK$40 million to HK$50 million (around US$5 million to US$6.25 million).
The October 7 sale will offer Hu’s latest jewellery creations, titled Silk Road Music Collection, which features five jewellery pieces inspired by the musical and cultural exchanges that took place in the Silk Road – an ancient trade route connecting the east and west.
“Hu seeks design inspirations from her passion for music and western art. A beautiful blend of the eastern and western aesthetics, Hu’s jewellery design is imbued with musicality, in which shapes and lines of the pieces often resemble the fluid movements of music. Her brand is known for creating one-of-a-kind pieces with rare gemstones, crafted by skilled French-trained artisans,” noted Sotheby’s.
Other highlights from the collection are a jadeite, diamond and pink sapphire brooch called Cello; a conch pearl and diamond brooch named Blue Magpie; a pair of conch pearl, sapphire and diamond earrings known as Ellington; and a ruby and diamond ring, aptly titled Appassionata.
Hu presented her first global exhibition at the Louvre’s Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris in July 2012 and celebrated the launch of her first book, Symphony of Jewels, op. 1, in the same year. One of the youngest jewellery artists invited to exhibit in La Biennale Paris, Hu was the first Asian female jeweller admitted into Comité de la Haute Joaillerie Paris, a prestigious recognition alongside famed French jewellery houses.
In 2013, her Côte d’Azur Brooch was auctioned for CHF 4,197,000 (US$ 4,568,163) in Geneva, setting a record for the highest price paid for a contemporary jewellery artist at the time. Her jewellery has been worn by style-influencers, including Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, as well as contemporary artist Cindy Sherman, and Jetsun Pema, the Queen of Bhutan.