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  • Catalogue Essay

    While many people would associate diamonds to love and commitment, emerald is regarded as an emblem of eternal love in Greek mythology, and green is worn to honour the goddess of love, Aphrodite. Wearing an emerald was also believed to reveal the truth or falseness of a lover’s oath. The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, dating back to at least 330 BC. Cleopatra was known for her affinity for emeralds, who wore them as a symbol of power and wealth. When the Spanish explorers landed on the New World in the 16th century, they were unaware of how the attractive green gemstones they found would later take Europe and eventually the whole world by storm. The Spaniards even traded the emeralds for precious metals.

    Among the three major precious gemstones, emeralds are most tolerated for their natural inclusions. Sometimes these inclusions are so beautifully distributed that it was described as ‘jardin’, which translates to garden in French. However, the most precious and valued emeralds are those with high clarity and unearthed in Colombia. Combined with an even and saturated bluish-green colour, these gems have been heavily sought after by collectors around the world since ancient times. This emeralds being offered, weighing an astonishing 19.90 carats, is one of such rare finds. Completely spared of clarity enhancement and endowed with an excellent clarity, this green gem is truly Mother Nature’s gift to mankind.

629

A Very Rare and Fine Emerald and Diamond Ring

Size 6

Estimate
HK$9,000,000 - 14,000,000 
$1,200,000-1,800,000

Sold for HK$9,700,000

Contact Specialist
Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2017