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. .
Emerald – A new Thames & Hudson-published book
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
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
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
Cartier sautoir, 1925, containing 50 fluted emerald beads weighing an estimated 517 carats in total, with natural pearls and diamonds.
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.
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.
Cartier emerald and diamond Eternity necklace, featuring two 200 carat stones
A hotbed of crude emeralds at Kagem, the largest emerald mine in Zambia. Photo by Erroll Rainey.
Uncut emeralds in the hand of a gemologist in Columbia. Photo by Erroll Rainey.
An emerald at the Kagem mine. Photo by Erroll Rainey.