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Emerald - Shining Glimpse of Jewelry

Thursday, 26 May 2011

emeraldEmerald is the fascinating stone to amaze and evoke admiration. They look so stunning to touch and feel the brightness of greenery frozen in the gem. Emerald is the only precious stone that is capable to radiate with such a juicy saturated color. It is the stone of Gods and magicians, that of Emperors’ and healers’. Throughout many centuries emerald is the most wanted stuff preferred by jewelers. Museums have emerald marvelous jewels exhibited shaped as pharaohs and empresses, luxury items of padishahs and sultans, so delicate and stylish to belong to the elite. Today jewelry houses suggest attention-grabbing and exclusive jewels luxuriously and dexterously incrusted with precious emeralds.

Emeralds through centuries

The Greek word «smaragdos» stands for precious green stone. Some kinds of emeralds mined in Pakistan are aged as nine million years old. However, the first emeralds were developed in the third millennium B.C. in the area of the Red Sea in Egypt. The precious stone was much liked and during the reign of Sesostris III pharaoh mining of emerald was put to practice. Further, those minefields were called The Cleopatra Mines. The workers had to work «by touch» without a glimpse of light in the depth of 200 meters under the ground since emeralds were afraid of the daylight, as the legend says.

Over centuries emeralds were used as the critical part of jewels and the stone was considered magic to bring good luck, good totals and quick recovery.  The tribes living in the territory of the South America found the emerald sacred. As the stories of the Spanish conquerors tell, the unique emerald weighing around three kg was kept in one of temples of the divine Umina. Nevertheless, the Indian priests concealed that noble stone from aliens.

Columbia is the country known for the high quality emeralds of the rich green shades where emerald mining is performed for many centuries. In Bogotá, in the Capital Bank, there is a luxury collection of emeralds containing the most expensive stones weighing from 220 to 1796 carats as well as unique Columbian stones aka Trapiche emeralds presented as the Star of David of darker color put into the emerald shell.

Emeralds exert a pull on every single person especially royal family members which is quite reasonable: the stone of juicy rich green color without any defects weighing over 5 carats is appreciated higher than any diamond. So, the Iranian Empress Fera owned a tiara incrusted with only emeralds, and Djahangir, the Emperor, used to possess a goblet hewed from the emerald monolith. Today that goblet is kept in the National Museum of Natural History next to The Patricia Emerald, the Columbian emerald of 632 carats which is exceedingly rare. Due to its form and size, Patricia is one of the world's greatest emeralds. It is dihexagonal, or twelve-sided.

Most expensive and unique emeralds

The biggest emerald was mined in Brazil in 1974 weighing a little bit over 86 thousand carats. In 1982 the jeweler from Hong-Kong, Richard Chen, managed to facet it and after that the stone is estimated as for 718 thousand pounds sterling.

The jewelry brand Cartier at Sotheby’s put to auction emerald jewels twice to distinguish. First, in 1987, a ring of 1958 was sold to an unknown person with a mono-crystal of emerald weighing 19.77 carats and the diamond for the amount over 2.125 mln US Dollars. In 1989 a necklace made from white precious metal incrusted with twelve emeralds of 108.74 carats and clear diamonds was sold for 3.080 mln US Dollars. The jewelers made the jewel in 1937.

The most interesting in appearance is the Mogul Emerald dating from 1695, weighing 217.80 carats, and some 10 cm tall. The emerald is unique for the graving on the upper panel as the pray with the floral pattern on the lower panel of incredible accuracy and beauty. The auction house Christie’s sold the emerald in 2001 for 2.200 mln US Dollars.

The Emerald Buddha is kept at the Thailand temple made in emerald of 3600 carats found on Madagascar Island in 1994. The King Rama I caused to make two seasonal costumes for the Emerald Buddha, one for summer and one for rainy season. King Rama III made a costume for the winter season. The costumes are changed by the King three times a year.

Designer jewelry with emeralds

Emerald falls into the category of precious stones to have a good rigidity and quite labor-consuming faceting process. Jewelers use the special cutting called «emerald» which allows fully reveal the stone to resist mechanical injuries. When there are lots of inclusions in the emerald, «cabochon» faceting is applied when the stone is shaped as the smooth salient half-sphere without edges.

The reputed Chopard jewelry house made a variety of accessories with emerald. So, luxury necklace from Haute Joaillerie Collection is particular for devotees of precious stones. The gorget made from the white noble metal incrusted with the best emeralds from Columbia of 191 carats and pear-faceted white diamonds weighing 16 carats. The combination of juicy «greenery» and shine of «morning dew» is estimated as 3 mln US Dollars. The chocker necklaces resembling dog collars are also presented in this collection. The «collar» made as the blend of green emeralds and shining diamonds weighing 150 carats or the loop necklace incrusted with diamonds with the heart-shaped pendant hewn from the whole emerald of 128.59 carats. All these jewels are from the general Red Carpet Collection and thus, worth to be demonstrated at red carpet show. They are made in limited edition of 25 items a year priced as from 100 thousand Euros.

Alena Gorchakova brand owned by the Russian designer Alena Gorchakova makes exclusive jewels with emeralds made by patterns known to the Russians mainly. So, the Berezki Collection offers tiny copies of the emerald leaves of the birch highlighted with the white gold incrusted with black diamonds. The theme of floristic is demonstrated by Boucheron and Dior jewelers. They show floral elements in their collections made from white and yellow gold incrusted with emeralds, sapphires and diamonds, garnets and tanzanites.

Celebrity jewels

Elizabeth Taylor has started to collect precious jewels with her emerald brooch gifted to her by Richard Burton, her fiancé, at the date of engagement. As the wedding gift she enjoyed having an emerald necklace followed by the ring, bracelet and earrings incrusted with emeralds.

Precious emeralds by Van Cleef & Arpels' are mined in Columbia. The legendary celebrities as Maria Callas, Marlene Dietrich and Grace Kelly Such admired the accessories of this brand. Julia Roberts appeared several times at the red carpet wearing Van Cleef & Arpels' jewelry with emeralds. Angelina Jolie was noticed wearing a pair of incredible emerald earrings and a ring at the ceremony of Oscar Award which favorably accentuated her beauty.

Emeralds are delighted for their exclusive lively hue. Emerald jewels kowtow to any delicate radiating with green hue never yield to diamonds since not any fancy diamond can boast with such a luscious deep color and get in harmony with adjoining stones.

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