July 10, 12:05 PM GMT
AN EXTRAORDINARY 'IMPERIAL JADE' JADEITE BEAD, RUBY AND DIAMOND NECKLACE
超凡極品「帝王玉」天然翡翠珠 配 紅寶石 及 鑽石 項鏈
Composed of thirty-seven jadeite beads of highly translucent brilliant emerald green colour, clasp set with a cabochon ruby and single-cut diamonds, length approximately 505mm.
Largest bead approximately 13.69mm.
Accompanied by Hong Kong Jade and Stone Laboratory certificate, stating that the jadeite tested are natural, known in the trade as "A Jade".
Further accompanied by a Gübelin report stating that the jadeite "may also be called "Imperial Jade" in the trade. This term refers to the finest specimen of "Type A" jadeite jade.
A Superb “Imperial Jade” Jadeite Necklace
The jadeite bead necklace is amongst the most coveted and luxurious status symbols a collector could aspire to obtain. The beads, numbering 37 in total, offered this season are notable in size and gently graduated. The beads boast the luminous imperial green, and as if lit from within, possesses a soothing almost unctuous tactile quality. The depth evokes a sense of tranquillity, as if staring into a lush forest canopy, with the sunlight filtering through the thick foliage. Each bead matches uniformly in color and texture, an effect that can only be achieved by carving from the same rough. Over half of a material’s rough can be lost in the attempt to cut out a presentable sphere. Beads of this quality can typically only be achieved in sizes around 5-10mm in diameter. To have 37 of such superior quality beads of such size, would have meant a tremendous amount of expenditure to top quality material, all to achieve the seamless symmetrical gradient this necklace possesses.
In 2014, Sotheby's had the privilege of selling the legendary Hutton-Mdivani necklace, which was considered the most important piece of jadeite jewelry known to the world. It achieved $27.4 million and stands as all time the auction record for any piece of jadeite jewelry and for a piece of Cartier jewelry. Now part of the Cartier Heritage collection, it has since been in multiple international exhibitions.
To envision a boulder large enough to accommodate the design in a green vein of such superior quality, and then to conceptualize the immense wastage involved in fashioning the forms, is hard to even fathom. The finished works are a perfect celebration of the material, which is a singular miracle of nature. The perfect proportion, shape and polish of this piece call for the highest level of craftsmanship in the world— possessed of supreme artistry, keen judgment and meticulous precision. The rarity of this jadeite bead necklace cannot be overstated.