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Article: The most famous emeralds in history


The most famous emeralds in history

In the world there are jewelry and emeralds that stand out for their beauty, size and quality. Therefore, throughout history it is countless relics with emeralds that have been protagonists of transcendental events.

From before Christ, the time of conquest and even in World Wars, emeralds have had room. Then we'll tell you about some emeralds and artifacts with these precious gems that have made history.

Phased emeralds

Whether for its size, color, quality, or its extraction form, there are emeralds that have highlighted over others over the centuries, these are some of them:

  • Emerald The Emilia

Its name is in honor of the mine "Vega de San Juan," located in the municipality of Gachalá, Cundinamarca in Colombia. It was found in 1967 and is one of the most precious emeralds in the world for its intense and bright green colour. It is large, 858 carats and is currently at the National History Museum in Washington.

  • Emerald Theodora

It is the largest carved Emerald in the world, it was discovered in Brazil and now its owner is rare gem merchant Regan Reany in Canada. She is known for her dark green colour and a 57,000 carat weight, with her bright oval size.

  • Emerald Fura

It is the second largest after the emerald Teodora, found in 1999 along with another smaller emerald called Tena in the Muzo mines in Colombia. It is famous for its nearly 15,000 carats and intense green color. From this discovery there is the ancient legend of Furatena.

  • Emerald Tena

This emerald owes its name to an indigenous legend of Furatena as mentioned above, it was discovered along with a larger emerald named Fura, that legend is native to the towns of the mountains of Colombia. Its butterfly green makes it more striking and valuable; and it weighs about 2,000 carats. It was sold in New York for $2 million.

  • Emerald Catalina the Great

This emerald is the second largest raw emerald in the world and is native to the mines of Muzo, Colombia. It is intense green, weighs 4,700 carats and is pure what makes it the most valuable in the world. These characteristics have been positioned in this way according to studies of prestigious institutions such as: GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and Switzerland.

  • The emerald of the Taj Mahal

In 2019 in June an auction was held at Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence jewelry store where jewelry and objects from the Al Thani collection were offered. One of the most striking and special jewels in that collection was the emerald The Taj Mahal, unique for its natural beauty. This emerald is 141.13 carats and is from Colombia. It was sold for $1.8 million.

Relics with emeralds

  • Jewelry Cleopatra

Cleopatra loved emeralds and even more the jewels with emeralds. But his love for them was already linked to the beliefs and times of Ancient Egypt. The first known emerald mines were already found in Egypt in 330 a.e. c. (much before the reign of Cleopatra). This contributed to the country's enduring attraction to emeralds.

  • Emerald Gorge Princess Diana

While she was known for wearing sapphires, one of Diana's most famous jewels was an emerald deco throat. First Lucited by Queen Mary in the early 1900s, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom gave it to Diana.

It is a piece that took on many real occasions and adapted the throat as a diadem, a reflection more of the way it used fashion to bring royalty and traditions to the present day. The perhaps most poignant appearance of the throat was on her 36th birthday, when she last wore her as a necklace, before her death two months later.

  • The Rockefeller ring

This emerald stands out because it reached the highest value of an emerald per carat. After being acquired by American businessman John Rockefeller, she was named the emerald Rockefeller-Winston.

This beautiful stone belonged to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Who received this gift from your husband John D. Rockefeller, Jr. After Abby died, her husband sent the brooch and the central emerald handed it to Raymond Yard to ride it in a ring.

  • Elizabeth Taylor's emerald brooch

Elizabeth Taylor's brooch was a wedding gift from her husband Burton who claims Elizabeth knew only one word in Italian and was a Bulgari.

During Cleopatra's recordings, he went to Bulgari's boutique in Rome and acquired this large jewel that was sold for $6.1 million in 2011.

This jewel remains to this day the most expensive one stone jewel in the world. It was sold in The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor: The Legendary Jewels Evening Sale at Christies in New York in December 2011.

  • Emerald and diamond necklace of Princess Faiza

This emerald and diamond necklace was sold at $3.8 million in 2013.

This jewel is perfectly complemented by the diamonds that surround it and certainly by the spectacular emeralds that make this jewel an impressive magic.

The necklace was purchased in Paris by Princess Faiza in 1947, then sold in 2013.

  • Grand Muzo earrings

These beautiful stones embedded in a Christie earring game were sold for $4.2 million the first time they were presented and the second was sold in 2019 for $4.5 million. Its corresponding weight is 23.34 and 23.18 carats. The two stones are characterized by their intense green color.

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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