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The Red Scarlet necklace, featuring 26 graduated oval-shaped rubies, weighing between 5.38 and 1.27 cts. each, accented by a cluster of marquise and pear-shaped diamonds. Photo Credit: Christie's


The Red Butterflies earrings, which include a pair of Burmese rubies, weighing more than 7 cts. Photo Credit: Christie's


The Grand Muzos earrings, highlighted by pear-shaped emeralds, along with diamonds and pearls. Photo Credit: Christie's.
  Pigeon's blood ruby-set necklace and earrings headlines Christie's fall sale in Hong Kong


November 12, 2012


A Burmese pigeon's blood ruby and diamond necklace and a pair of oval-shaped Burmese pigeon's blood ruby and diamond earrings are expected to be the highlights of Christie's Hong Kong's Magnificent Jewels sale on November 27, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. None of the rubies have been heat-treated.

With pre-sale estimates of respectively $3.5 million-$5.5 million and $2.5 million-$3.5 million, the two jewelry items were both designed by James W. Currens for Faidee.

Called the Red Scarlet, the necklace includes 26 graduated oval-shaped rubies, weighing between 5.38 and 1.27 cts. each, accented by a cluster of marquise and pear-shaped diamonds, mounted in platinum and 18K yellow gold. Every ruby contains flawless crystalline structures accentuating its high degree of transparency.

The earrings are called the Red Butterflies for their shape, and each features a pair of Burmese rubies, weighing more than 7 cts.

The rubies were all mined in the Mogok Stone Tract in Upper Burma, which is considered the source for the finest quality "pigeon's blood" colored stones.

Christie's Hong Kong's Magnificent Jewels sale has a pre-sale estimate of about $70 million, and will include more than 300 different jewelry items. Other highlights include a pair of pear-shaped emerald, pearl and diamond earrings in platinum. They are called the Grand Muzos, after the region of Colombia in which the emeralds were mined. The earrings have a presale estimate of $3.5 million-$4.8 million.

Also on sale is the Crown of Colombia, a 15.99-ct. Colombian non-oiled cushion-shaped emerald and diamond ring, with a pre-sale estimate of $1 million-$1.5 million, and a 10.66-ct. cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring, with a pre-sale estimate of $850,000-$1.2 million.

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