10 collectible jewellery pieces to keep for a lifetime

Updated on May 5 2017

Unlike clothing, which can change drastically over time, jewellery is timeless, with a lasting power that allows it to be passed on from generation to generation. Therefore, when acquiring your own pieces, it’s best to choose those that not only look great, but will have a lasting (and hopefully increasing) value. In other words, make sure your sparkly accessories are smart investments.

If you’re in the market for some dazzling jewellery pieces, here’s your chance: International auction house Phillips will host its upcoming auction of Jewels and Jadeite at the Mandarin Oriental on 29 May at 2:30pm, bringing to Hong Kong a curated selection of over 140 exceptional jewels. These pieces all feature impeccable design and the highest level of craftsmanship, not to mention the heritage they possess from  across different eras. As Terry Chu, Head of Jewellery at Phillips Asia puts it, “Our sale recognises jewellery as standalone objects of art.”

The word ‘auction’ might sound intimidating, especially when it comes to price points, but you may be surprised to find that, in reality, not everything for sale comes with an unimaginable estimate. We’ve asked the jewellery specialists at Phillips to pick 10 collectible jewellery pieces that you can keep for a lifetime, all shown below. You can also head to the public viewing section from 25–28 May (10am–6pm) to take a closer look at highlighted pieces from the sale, and to request one-to-one advice from these experts.

Phillips’ Jewels and Jadeite Hong Kong auction, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2318 2000

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1/10

Two-tone karat gold mesh and diamond evening clutch by Van Cleef & Arpels (Lot 503)

Estimate: HK$65,000–$100,000

This classic and simple clutch matches almost any evening outfit, making it a perfect companion for events across the decades.

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Antique diamond tiara, circa 1912 (Lot 530)

Estimate: HK$140,000–$180,000

Every woman has an inner princess, one who deserves to wear a delicately made diamond tiara such as this one, the ideal complement to any fairy-tale outfit.

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Diamond, emerald and onyx ‘Double Panther’ ring by Cartier (Lot 548)

Estimate: HK$380,000–$500,000

Featuring Cartier’s iconic motif, this ring sports a rare and eye-catching double-panther design.

4/10

Flawless diamond ‘Flower’ earrings, totalling 5.13 carats (Lot 513)

Estimate: HK$180,000–$220,000

A diamond is forever, which helps to explain why you’ll want to wear these flawless diamond earrings, with a charming flower design, for the rest of your life.

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5.08-carat flawless oval-shaped diamond ring (Lot 619)

Estimate: HK$1,900,000–$2,300,000)

A diamond ring is any lady’s favourite accessory, so what could be better than this flawless option with its versatile design?

6/10

Art Deco emerald and diamond pendant, by Mauboussin, 1929 (Lot 614)

Estimate: HK$1,000,000–$1,300,000

 A statement necklace never goes out of style, as you can see with this stunning piece, which brilliantly captures the unique flair of the Art Deco era.

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Retro diamond and emerald ring, Monture Cartier, circa 1950 (Lot 640)

Estimate: HK$3,600,000–$4,500,000

Capturing a bygone era, this dazzling ring reflects the outstanding workmanship of Cartier, one of leading jewellery houses over the last century.

8/10

15.81-carat Burmese Sapphire and Diamond Ring (Lot 616)

Estimate: HK$2,300,000–$2,800,000

Sometimes you need to just let a great gemstone shine, which is exactly what this ring, featuring a Burmese sapphire encircled by diamonds, does so well.

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Jadeite cabochon ring and matching earrings (Lot 596)

Estimate: HK$2,200,000–$2,600,000

Cabochon is one of the most classic and elegant style of cutting jadeite, and it represents a sense of timeless beauty.

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The Secret Pink – fancy vivid purplish pink diamond, fancy vivid pink diamond and diamond ring (Lot 641)

Estimate: HK$45,000,000–$55,000,000

Like something out of a dream, this ring featuring a flawless vivid pink diamond is a one-of-a-kind piece that will be treasured until the end of time.

Highlights from Phillips’ Jewels and Jadeite Hong Kong auction will be on view at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong from 25 – 28 May, 10am to 6pm. +852 2318 2000