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    The 68.90 carat emerald in a brooch created by the workshop of legendary diamond jeweller Harry Winston. UPDATE: IT MADE $2,250,515 US DOLLARS

    A necklace of saltwater natural pearls and diamonds boasting 16 matching button- shaped pearls of impressive size (estimate $1.6-2.25 Us dollars). UPDATE: IT MADE $3,116,693 US

    PRESENTED  by Harry Winston with a choice between a 68.90 carat emerald or a 69.42 carat pear-shaped diamond the wife of a Texas oil man opted for the emerald. The diamond was subsequently acquired by Richard Burton for Elizabeth Taylor.  For the emerald, Mr. Winston had his legendary designer Ambaji Shinde create the consummate Winston jewel, the magnificent diamond and emerald brooch illustrated on the left. With the rare natural saltwater pearl necklace on the right it will feature at Christie’s sale of Magnificent Jewels on November 29 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.  The estimate for the piece is $2/3 million US dollars.

    The first half of 2011 saw strong sales and record prices achieved at Christie’s sales of jewellery around the world.  Global sales were up 30% compared with 2010.  The Spring sale in Hong Kong brought in $89.4 million US dollars and was the largest ever jewellery auction at Christie’s worldwide.

    See post on for September 25.

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