New York, NY—A Christie’s online auction featuring three pieces of diamond jewelry from world-renowned Chinese designer Anna Hu will take place from July 3 -13. Proceeds will go to support healthcare workers fighting against the coronavirus. (Image: One of the three lots is this pair of earrings made of 18k white and red gold, with fancy color and colorless diamonds; each earring centering a pear-shape 3.0-ct. diamond.)
Max Fawcett, Christie’s jewelry specialist, said, “Anna Hu’s works are rarely sold at auction and when her pieces come to the secondary market, demand is high. As an artisan jeweler, Anna produces no more than thirty pieces a year, each a unique creation. Her involvement will create international excitement and we are pleased to offer our leading online platform and engage with our international clients to bid for this worthy cause.”
The pieces will be sold by Diamonds That Care, the newly launched social responsibility initiative of Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond mining company. Diamonds That Care’s main premise is that every diamond should help those in need. The auction project is being done in cooperation with Diamonds Do Good, the industry’s nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to both benefiting people in diamond communities and spreading the word of the good that diamonds do.
In the pieces, Hu used rich brown diamonds extracted by Alrosa in Yakutia, a diamond-producing region in Siberia.
“Many people are in distress, and no one can remain indifferent to this pandemic. The world needs positivity, empathy, a sense of support, care and love. I hope to express all these feelings in my three pieces of jewelry,” commented Hu.
“We are living in a different world, where old divides are no longer important because we all face the same threat. By working with Christie’s, which operates in all the regions affected by the coronavirus, and the brilliant Chinese jewelry artist Anna Hu, we are raising funds for a U.S.-based charitable organization supporting activities in various countries. This project is a living example of how countries and stakeholders can unite in their efforts to help those in need," said Sergey Ivanov, CEO of Alrosa.
Anna Martin, board president of Diamonds Do Good and a vice president of GIA, added,“We are honored to be associated with this project which will spread positivity and hope and show that diamonds truly do good.”
The other two pieces of jewelry being auctioned are:
A necklace with fancy color and colorless diamonds, centering a fancy brown-yellow diamond weighing 27.02 carats in 18k white and red gold:
An 18k red gold ring with fancy color diamonds and colorless diamonds, centering a faint brown diamond weighing 1.59 carats: