Sotheby's collaborates with Anna Hu, to create some stunning jewelry pieces, for the Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite 2019 sale
August 23, 2019: Sotheby’s Hong Kong has collaborated with Chinese haute joallierie artist, Anna Hu to offer her latest jewellery creations, titled Silk Road Music Collection, at its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale. Specially commissioned for this collaboration, the collection features five pieces inspired by the musical and cultural exchanges that took place on the Silk Road - an ancient trade route connecting the East and West.
Leading the collection is The Dunhuang Pipa Necklace, designed and mounted by Anna Hu, set with a 100.02-carat fancy intense yellow diamond (est. US$5 – 6.25 million), which will go under the hammer on October 7 in Hong Kong. Transformable into a brooch and an earring, the necklace is designed for modern-day women who appreciate intricate designs with a versatile twist.
Ms. Hu, comments, “It is absolutely a pleasure to collaborate with Sotheby’s on this project, and be given the opportunity to work with the 100.02 carat yellow diamond, which is a true gift from nature. I want this collection to speak to my Chinese root, and I thought the beauty of jewels could be enhanced with a touch of the traditional yet exotic music that once flowed through the Silk Road.”
Another beautiful piece is the ‘Conch Pearl, Gem Set and Diamond Brooch, Blue Magpie’ (est. US$190,000 – 225,000), inspired by an antique Blue-and-White Flower-Bird motif on a circle-squared porcelain plate from the National Museum of History, as well as the works of Giuseppe Castiglione, the Jesuit missionary and painter at the imperial court of China, Anna extracted the essence of Eastern arts and applied it in the design of the Blue Magpie Brooch. Paved with over 500 gems, two blue Magpies perch on delicate tree branches, resulting in a colourful creation that combines Chinese aesthetics and Western aristocracy.
A ruby and diamond ring, Appassionata (est. US$80,000 – 100,000), takes inspiration from romantic piano blues, where Ms. Hu plays with five rare rubies, which represent the black piano keys, to create this beautiful musical jewellery. Outlined with diamonds, the ring glides over three fingers elegantly as a wonderful interpretation of a classical jazz riff.