Anna Hu Jadeite “Orpheus” ring $2.59 million

| June 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

 Anna Hu broke the world sales record for a Chinese contemporary jewelry artist at  Magnificent Jewels auction at Christie’s in Hong Kong. Following intense bidding, the final Realized Price, as published by Christie’s, was $2,592,663 (HK $20,030,000).

Anna Hu Jadeite "Orpheus" ring $2.59 million

Anna Hu Jadeite “Orpheus” ring $2.59 million

The “Orpheus” ring is a lyrical invocation of the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in precious gems. The heart of the ring features a magnificent jadeite cabochon in an intense emerald green of brilliant translucency. The jadeite solitaire weighs an impressive 45.39 cts and is set in an embrace of pave white diamonds. A drop of briolette emerald, shaped like a note, adds musicality to the design and marks it a unique creation by Anna Hu, a classically trained cellist. Intricate details in exotic yellow and pink diamonds mounted in 18k gold of white, pink, and yellow harken back to Anna Hu’s roots in French haute joaillerie and classical Chinese art (Tang sancai). The total weight of diamonds is 4.51 cts.

The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice tells the story of a love that transcended time and space. Orpheus was the ancient Greek poet, singer, and lyre player par excellence whose love for his wife, Eurydice, was so great that he willingly descended into the Underworld in an attempt to bring her back. Orpheus’s chthonic journey was immortalized in Virgil’s canonical Georgics and Orpheus was said to have possessed the lyrical prowess to charm all things in the world, including stones.

Anna Hu Jadeite “Orpheus” ring $2.59 million

Through Anna’s creative vision and unparalleled craftsmanship, an extraordinary jadeite, a classic symbol of imperial China, becomes the heart of a tale about enduring love through music.

Anna Hu founded her namesake brand, Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie, at the age of 30 and opened her first flagship boutique in New York’s Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue, the epicenter of the world’s finest brands. She is the only Asian American jewelry designer to work exclusively with French-trained artisans in their New York and Paris workshops. Highly educated in America with degrees from Colombia University, the Gemological Institute of America, Parsons School of Design, and NY’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Anna is as much a scholar as she is an artist and her designs reflect that rarity and sophistication. Her work combines eastern and western influences, often inspired by classical music, fine art and nature.

 

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