Meet Anna Hu, jewellery designer – Christie’s

Over the past decade, the designs of the acclaimed Taiwan-born jeweller Anna Hu have been worn by stars including Oprah Winfrey, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Naomi Watts, Emily Blunt and Madonna. In 2013, Hu’s Orpheus jade ring sold for $2.59 million at Christie’s Hong Kong, breaking the world record for a Chinese contemporary jewellery artist at auction.

From 3 to 13 July, Christie’s will offer three unique pieces of jewellery designed by Hu in an online sale benefiting the fight against Covid-19.

First up will be a necklace of fancy colour and colourless diamonds, fashioned in 18k white gold and 18k red gold and centred on a 27.02-carat Fancy Brown-Yellow diamond. Also offered are a 19k red gold ring with fancy colour and colourless diamonds, centring on a 1.59-carat Faint Brown diamond, and a pair of earrings, each one centred on a pear-shape 3-carat diamond.

The brown diamonds were mined in Yakutia, a region in the far east of Siberia, and were provided by Diamonds That Care, a new corporate social responsibility initiative from the world’s largest diamond mining company, Alrosa.

To mark the event, Christie’s talked to Hu about her career and the inspiration behind the three jewels.

When did you develop an interest in jewellery design?

Anna Hu: ‘I was born into a diamond-supplying family and my father