Top 10 Most Expensive Jadeite Bangles
Written by: Wai Yan
17 December 2018
The world’s most exclusive and expensive fine jadeite bangles are traded through the Sotheby's auction house in Hong Kong. In 2014, they set a new world record for the most expensive jade jewellery ever sold at a whopping $214,040,000 HKD ($38M Australian). Here’s a list of the world’s top 10 most expensive jadeite bangles; plus a bonus piece at the end.
10. Emerald Green Jadeite Bangle
SOLD for $13,240,000 HKD ($2.3M AUD)
A small (54mm) sized Type A jade bangle carved to a classic round shape. Bright emerald green colour with good translucency. Some cloudiness on one side of the bangle but not visible when worn. The bangle was auctioned and sold in 2014.
9. Barbara Hutton’s Jadeite Bangle
SOLD for $7,040,000 HKD ($2.6M AUD in today's value)
In 1988 Barbara Hutton's Jadeite bangle was auctioned and sold for $7M HKD which in today's money would be worth about $2.6M AUD. It's a finely carved jadeite bangle in a twisted ribbon design. Barbra inherited her fortune from her grandfather Frank Winfield Woolworth, founder of the successful Woolworth department stores. She was an avid collector of jadeite and after her death in 1979, Hutton left behind a fine collection of jadeite jewellery.
8. A Rare Pair
SOLD for $16,880,000 HKD ($3M AUD)
A rare pair of grade A jade bangles of imperial green colour with patches of intense green and lighter green with good translucency. Likely to have been carved out of the same boulder. The pair was sold at auction in 2015.
7. Brilliant Imperial Green Jadeite Bangle
SOLD for $16,900,000 HKD ($3M AUD)
An average sized (58mm) type A jadeite bangle of imperial colour with sections of light green. Some black spots and clouds under intense lighting. Carved into a half moon style with flatten inner rim. It was sold at auction in 2017.
6. Very rare pair from the Qing Dynasty
SOLD for $12,320,000 HKD ($4.5M AUD in Today's value)
A very rare pair of imperial green jade bangles believed to have been worn by a member of the imperial consort in the late Qing dynasty (1636-1912). The pair was sold by Sotheby's in 1989.
5. Highly Translucent Fine Jadeite Bangle
Estimated $22,000,000- $26,000,000 HKD ($3.9-4.6M AUD)
An average sized bangle of 56mm with high translucency and colour patches of light and imperial green. Some clouds can be seen under strong transmitted lighting.
3. Fine Guifei Bangle
Sold for $43,800,000 HKD ($7.8M AUD)
The Guifei (Nobel consort) bangle design originated from the Tang Dynasty where, Yang Yuhuan, an imperial consort to Emperor Xuanzong came up with the innovative oval shaped bangle. A finely textured and uniformly coloured oval shaped bangles with highly translucency are extremely rare. This fine Guifei bangle was sold in 2015.
2. THE CIRCLE OF PROSPERITY
Estimated $50,000,000- $70,000,000 HKD ($8.9 - 12.4M AUD)
A uniformly coloured well saturated imperial green jadeite bangle with exceptional translucency. First offered for auction in October 2016.
1. The CIRCLE OF Heaven
Estimated $80,000,000- $100,000,000 HKD ($14.3 - 17.8M AUD)
A slightly larger, thicker and more intensely coloured version of the circle of prosperity. Nature's 'perfection'. First offered for auction in April 2018.
Bonus: The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace
Sold For $214,040,000 HKD ($38M AUD)
A noteworthy jadeite necklace from the Barbara Hutton collection that in 2014, set a new world auction record for any jadeite jewellery at $38M AUD, double the initial estimate. The 27 graduated, highly translucent and intensely coloured beads are held together by an platinum and 18K yellow gold clasp set with rubies and diamonds. That's a mega $1.4M per bead! The necklace was bought by the Cartier collection at the Sotherby's auction in Hong Kong.
About the Author
Wai was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). Trained by the Gemmological Association of Australia, he is a qualified Gemmologist. Throughout his life, he has been in constant contact with gemstones and jewellery through the family business and has been fascinated by the beauty and rarity of them all. He is now operating a branch of the business in Australia, supplying all kinds of gemstones especially of Burmese origin to international markets.