Hu grew up studying classical music and was a competitive cellist from an early age. Her parents were gem dealers so she also fell in love with precious stones. A shoulder injury ended her musical career so she turned to her second love: jewelry. In addition to the Silk Road theme, the pieces in this collection are inspired by her love of music.

“I want this collection to speak to my Chinese roots, and I thought the beauty of jewels could be enhanced with a touch of the traditional yet exotic music that once flowed through the Silk Road,” Hu said.

Other pieces being offered by Sotheby’s from Hu’s Silk Road Music Collection of jewels are as follows:

Jadeite Cello Brooch by Anna Hu

Jadeite Cello Brooch

This brooch takes inspiration from Picasso’s “Violin Hanging on the Wall,” on display in Switzerland’s Museum of Fine Arts Bern (Kunstmuseum Bern). It’s composed of four jadeites ranging from 1.43 carats to 34.93 carats, outlined in 18k white and yellow gold set throughout with yellow and white diamonds. The smooth silhouettes of the jewel create the cello’s body. The piece is topped with a pink sapphire. Its estimate is $280,000 – $350,000.

Blue Magpie Brooch by Anna Hu

The Blue Magpie Brooch

The classic Chinese blue and white Magpie motif is reinterpreted with a western color palette. Titanium, and 18k white and yellow gold is paved with more than five hundred gems, two blue Magpies are perched on delicate white gold tree branches set with diamonds and Paraiba tourmaline. A conch pearl serves as an egg on a yellow gold nest. The piece was inspired by the antique blue-and-white flower-bird motif on a circle-squared porcelain plate from the National Museum of History in Washington, D.C., as well as the works of Giuseppe Castiglione, the Jesuit missionary and painter at the imperial court of China. Its estimate is $190,000 – $225,000.

Ellington Earrings by Anna Hu

The Ellington Earrings

This 18k white and yellow gold creation consists of blue sapphires and white diamonds that depict a piano keyboard in the shape of a harp with a conch pearl that dangles in the center of each earring that resembles musical notes. The earrings reflect Hu’s free-form approach to jazz. Its estimate is $280,000 – $350,000.

Appassionata Ring by Anna Hu

Appassionata Ring

Meaning passionate in Italian, these 18k white gold earrings are inspired by romantic piano blues. Five rubies represent black piano keys are outlined with diamonds with this three-finger ring. Its estimate is $80,000 – $100,000.

The sale will be held in Hall 1 of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Hu’s creations will be on view prior to the sale, October 3 – 6 in the same venue.