Emerald – A New Thames & Hudson Published Book

Emerald – a new book that sees through the history of this precious gem published by Thames & Hudson and having Franca Sozzani to write the preface. The experts Joanna Hardy and Jonathan Self  take us in a  fascinating journey through the history of this stone, passing through countries like Columbia, Zambia and India. The hypnotic green emerald was and still is an inspiration for houses like Cartier, a lover of Elizabeth Taylor alongside the Catherine the Great of Russia – a celebration of the stone – that’s what lies in this books page. .

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Emerald – A new Thames & Hudson-published book

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Emerald parure, a gift from Catherine the Great of Russia to the second Earl of Buckinghamshire during his embassy to St Petersburg from 1762 to 1765

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The Timken necklace, designed by Cartier in 1925, contains three rare carved Mughal emeralds, 18 emerald beads, 18 sapphire beads, 34 sapphire cabochons and 652 diamonds. Belongs to Siegelson

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Gold ring from the Renaissance era, set with a Columbian emerald found in the wreck of the Spanish galleon NuestraSeñora de Atocha off the coast of Florida. Sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2013

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Cartier sautoir, 1925, containing 50 fluted emerald beads weighing an estimated 517 carats in total, with natural pearls and diamonds.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Baroda necklace, commissioned by the Maharani of Baroda in 1950, set with 13 cabochon emeralds, 13 pear-cut Columbian diamonds – weighing 154 carats – and diamonds. All the stones were provided by the Maharani. Faeber collection.

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Rosary featuring 70 emerald beads, diamonds and enamel, belonging to Queen Maria Antoinette of Saxony (1805-1877). Sold by Sotheby’s New York, December 5 2012.

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Cartier emerald and diamond Eternity necklace, featuring two 200 carat stones

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A hotbed of crude emeralds at Kagem, the largest emerald mine in Zambia. Photo by Erroll Rainey.

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Uncut emeralds in the hand of a gemologist in Columbia. Photo by Erroll Rainey.

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An emerald at the Kagem mine. Photo by Erroll Rainey.

 

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