Important Emeralds Pt 1

The Rockerfeller Emerald

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The Rockerfeller Emerald

The Rockerfeller Emerald has become the most expensive emerald ever sold. At an auction at Christie’s in June 2017 saw the 18.04 carat step-cut emerald fetch a whopping $5,511,500! It was bought by famed jeweller Harry Winston.

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. originally acquired the emerald in 1930, as the centerpiece of a brooch he gave to wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. After her death in 1948, the brooch was disassembled and the gems distributed among her children. The largest emerald became the property of their youngest son, David Rockefeller, who commissioned famous jewelry designer Raymond Yard to set it onto a diamond and platinum ring.

While most emeralds require an oil treatment to


The Rockerfeller Ring

enhance their brilliance and color, the Rockefeller rock is unique because it has not received any type of enhancement.

CFO Robert Scott was bidding in Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza saleroom with instructions from Harry Winston CEO Nayla Hayek to “bring this magnificent gem home at any price.” Following the sale, Nayla Hayek commented “Harry Winston is immensely proud to own the finest emerald in the world which once belonged to one of America’s most important dynasties.”



Mogul Emerald Necklace

The Mogul Emerald Necklace

This carved flat emerald is set in a platinum, gold, and diamond pendant necklace. The emerald was discovered in Colombia, possibly by Spanish conquistadors, and found its way to India for cutting. This emerald was most likely carved, rather than faceted, because of the natural inclusions, the shape of the original beryl crystal, or it might also have been the preferred style at the time. The floral motif carving is believed to be of the Indian Mogul style. The Mogul Empire was the imperial power that ruled most of the Indian subcontinent from the early-16th to mid-19th centuries. Often

The Mogul Emerald

carved gemstones were worn on the arm as amulets; threads pulled through the small drill holes on the sides of this emerald could then be tied on to the arm of the wearer.

The emerald is surrounded by round diamonds and is suspended from a double row diamond necklace; the diamonds total approximately 50 carats. A hallmark indicates that the Mogul emerald was set into the pendant and necklace in France around the turn of the 20th century. This historic and remarkable emerald necklace was gifted to the Smithsonian Institute in 2007 by Mrs Madeleine H Murdock.




The Maharaja of Indore Necklace

The Maharaja of Indore Necklace

The Maharaja of Indore Necklace consists of two strands of antique-cut diamonds and emeralds to which a lower pendant and upper chain containing modern, brilliant-cut diamonds were added. The necklace contains 374 diamonds and 15 emeralds. The emeralds undoubtedly came from Colombia, while the diamonds were obtained from India, the only source of diamonds until 1723. The large, central, barrel-shaped emerald weighs approximately 45ct and is strung onto the necklace through a hole drilled lengthwise down its center. Due to its rich color and exceptional clarity, it is one of the world’s finest emeralds. The remaining emeralds and 16 diamonds are attached in a similar fashion with wire passing through angled drill holes that connect within the stone forming a V-shaped channel. The stones were

Katherine Hepburn wearing the necklace and photographed for Winston’s Court of Jewels traveling exhibit

probably cut in India in the seventeenth century, making them some of the oldest cut gems in the National Gem Collection. The necklace was purchased by the Maharaja of Indore in the early twentieth century. In 1948, Harry Winston purchased the necklace from the Maharaja’s son. The necklace then became part of Winston’s “Court of Jewels” traveling exhibition. Cora Hubbard Williams of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania bought the necklace from Winston in 1955 and bequeathed it to the Smithsonian Institution in 1972.






The Emerald Dial

emerald-watch-museum-of-londonThe emerald dial is a priceless 350-year-old watch made from a single jewel that was left buried under a cellar for centuries. In 1912 in London’s Cheapside district, a dazzling haul of almost 500 pieces from the Elizabethan and early Stuart eras, was uncovered by a group of labourers under a cellar floor. Excavations at the site found evidence of damage caused by the Great Fire of London, dating the ‘priceless’ collection to pre-1666, and it is believed to have been hidden about 350 years ago. The find is known as The Cheapside Hoard.

This watch, c. 1600, is a one-of-a-kind, set in a single large download (1)Colombian hexagonal emerald crystal. It is one of the most spectacular items found in the Hoard. There is no known object from the time to rival it in existence.

The Colombian emerald crystal is hexagonal in form with a hinged lid. The dial plate (the hand originalis missing) is enameled in translucent green. The dial plate is enameled in translucent green and the circular gold suspension loop and button securing the movement at the base are set with small emeralds.

The champlevé style of enameling, where recessed areas are carved into the metal and filled with enamel, at the center of the dial adds to the splendor of the timepiece. It is believed that the skill and craftsmanship required to manufacture this elaborate jewel suggest it was made for nobility.

Hooker Emerald Brooch

download (2)This superb 75.47ct Colombian emerald was once the property of Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1876-1909), who according to legend, wore it in his belt buckle. Tiffany & Co. purchased the emerald at auction in 1911 and initially set it into a tiara, featured in the New York World’s Fair “House of Jewels” exhibit in 1940. In 1950, it was mounted in its current brooch setting and was featured on the first page of the Tiffany Christmas catalogue. In its platinum setting, the Hooker Emerald is surrounded by 109 round brilliant and 20 baguette cut diamonds, totaling approximately 13 carats. The Hooker Emerald is a beveled square-cut gem that exhibits exceptional color and clarity for an emerald of its size. The stone originated from the famous mines of Colombia and probably was shipped to Europe by Spanish conquistadores in the 16th or 17th century. Mrs. Janet Annenberg Hooker purchased the brooch from Tiffany in 1955, and in 1977 she donated it to the Smithsonian.

The Chalk Emerald Ring

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The superb clarity and color of the Chalk Emerald ranks it among the world’s finest Colombian emeralds. This outstanding 37.8-carat emerald exhibits the velvety deep green color that is most highly prized. According to legend, the Chalk Emerald was once the centerpiece of an emerald and diamond necklace belonging to a Maharani of the former state of Baroda, India. It originally weighed 38.4 carats, but was recut and set in a platinum and gold ring chalkemeralddesigned by Harry Winston, Inc.,
where it is surrounded by 60 pear-shaped diamonds totaling 15 carats. It was donated to the Smithsonian by Mr. and Mrs. O. Roy Chalk in 1972.


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