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Article: The Colombian emerald used by the Duchess of Windsor


The Colombian emerald used by the Duchess of Windsor

The Duchess of Windsor's emerald brooch is an impressive gem whose center is a 152 carat Colombian emerald.

This is perhaps one of the most famous pieces with Colombian emeralds in history, since in addition to its large size and quality, this jewelry has been worn by great figures of the world's world stage.

This is the story of this important piece of jewelry.

History of the Colombian emerald brooch

The brooch was originally commissioned by Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, as a gift to his wife, Wallis Simpson, in 1947.

The Duke of Windsor was known for his fondness for high jewellery, and this piece was meant to be one of the greatest and most impressive jewels in his wife's collection.

The brooch has become an iconic jewel and has been mourned by numerous famous women over the years, including Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana.

What's the Colombian Emerald brooch like?

The emerald is the centrepiece of the brooch and is surrounded by a halo of diamonds that enhance its natural beauty.

The emerald is oval shaped and a bright, bright and intense green color. The emerald is platinum-stusled to enhance its exceptional beauty.

The diamond halo surrounding the emerald consists of 28 diamonds, including a large diamond on the top that forms the brooch.

Diamonds are of exceptional quality and bring an elegant shine to the piece.

The brooch design is classic and timeless, making it a perfect jewel for any occasion.

Emerald and diamonds work together to create a unique balance of colour and light, resulting in an extraordinary piece of jewelry valued by both collectors and jewelry enthusiasts.

The Duchess of Windsor's emerald brooch is considered one of the most impressive and exceptional pieces of jewellery commissioned by the Duke of Windsor.

For its unique beauty, exceptional craftsmanship and real history, the emerald brooch is a collector's piece that will continue to be highly appreciated for generations.

Where is this Emerald brooch now?

The Duchess of Windsor's Colombian emerald clasp is currently owned by a private collector, and it is not publicly known if the brooch has been sold in recent years.

The last public appearance of the brooch was at an auction of Christies in 2010, where it was estimated that it would be sold for between 1.5 and 2 million dollars.

It eventually sold for $1.6 million, making it the second best-selling item of the auction.

Since then, the brooch has been removed from the public eye and its current whereabouts are unknown.

Given its exceptional beauty, rich history and association with the British royal family, the brooch is likely to remain in the hands of a private collector who has it in his own museum of historical relics.

Paula A. Bonilla 

Social communicator and journalist from Sergio Arboleda University in Colombia. She is also a jeweler and is passionate about constantly learning about precious gems and national high jewelry.

Currently, she is working for one of Bogotá's most important jewelry stores, Emerald by Love. This jewelry store has over 40 years of experience and has 2 physical branches in the capital city of Colombia, located in the city center.


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