Sotheby’s Hong Kong is thrilled to collaborate 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 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 dating back thousands of years.
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. HK$40-50 million / US$5 – 6.25 million), which will go under the hammer on 7 October in Hong Kong. Yvonne Chu, Acting Head of Department, Jewellery, Sotheby’s, comments: “We are excited to present the latest jewellery creations by the talented contemporary jewellery artist Anna Hu, who has transformed top quality gemstones into inspirational jewellery masterpieces. The Dunhuang Pipa necklace is one of the most important jewellery pieces on offer this season. ”
Anna Hu, artist of the Silk Road Music Collection, comments: “It is absolutely a pleasure to collaborate with Sotheby’s on this project, and be given the opportunity to work with the 100.02 carat yellow diamond, which is a true gift from nature. I want this collection to speak to my Chinese root, and I thought the beauty of jewels could be enhanced with a touch of the traditional yet exotic music that once flowed through the Silk Road.”
ANNA HU HAUTE JOAILLERIE: THE CONCEPT
Anna Hu seeks design inspirations from her passion for music and western art. A beautiful blend of the Eastern and Western aesthetics, Hu’s jewellery design is imbued with musicality, in which shapes and lines of the pieces often resembles the fluid movements of music. Her brand is known for creating one-of-a-kind pieces with rare gemstones, crafted by skilled French-trained artisans. THE DUNHUANG PIPA NECKLACE, designed and mounted by Anna Hu Set With a 100.02-carat Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Est. HKD40-50 million / US$ 5 – 6.25 million The Silk Road Music collection is led by The Dunhuang Pipa Necklace, designed and mounted by Anna Hu, set with an impressive 100.02-carat fancy intense yellow diamond. Touched by the culture from Silk Road, Hu took inspiration from an imagery of a lady playing the pipa (a four-stringed Chinese lute) depicted on the Dunhuang murals, to conjure the silhouette of this necklace which resembles a Chinese Pipa attached to lines of western staff that flows gracefully along the neckline. Transformable into a brooch and an earring, the necklace is designed for modern-day women who appreciate intricate designs with a versatile twist.
MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SILK ROAD MUSIC COLLECTION
Jadeite, Diamond and Pink Sapphire Brooch, Cello, Anna Hu Est. HK$2,200,000 – 2,800,000 / US$280,000 – 350,000 Anna approaches jewellery design like music creation, and a melodic beauty protrudes through her works. This jade cello brooch takes inspiration from Picasso’s Violin Hanging on the Wall, housed in Switzerland’s Museum of Fine Arts Bern (Kunstmuseum Bern) and is composed of jadeites ranging from 1.43 carats to 34.93 carats, outlined with yellow and white diamonds. Anna applied smooth silhouettes to outline and create the cello body and injected her love for music into the design, evoking the power of a sensational melody that sweeps people off their feet.