The Stotesbury Emerald…
Sotheby’s auction ‘Magnificent Jewels Including the Legendary Stotesbury Emerald’ was held on 25 April 2017 in New York.
The Stotesbury Emerald, purchased by Harry Winston in 1943, is still the spectacular hexagonal centrepiece of the ring Winston created for socialite and philanthropist, May Bonfils Stanton. The richly coloured Colombian emerald was sold at auction in 1971 as part of Stanton’s estate to a private buyer.
At Sotheby’s New York sale in April , where it sold for $996,000, the emerald changed hands once more.
The Emerald’s Intriguing History
This legendary 34.4 ct stone has been set in several ways, and has been part of a number of distinguished jewelry collections. First worn in 1908, it was a significant feature of a necklace designed by Cartier for heiress Evelyn Walsh McLean,
Just two years after McLean’s necklace was completed, she was tempted by the Hope Diamond and ”traded-in” her emerald in its setting with other gems for that adventurous blue diamond, which has a long and fascinating history of its own!
Cartier sold the Stotesbury emerald to its next owner, Eva Stotesbury, wife of the investment banker Edward T Stotesbury. She had Cartier re-fashion an uncomfortable tiara, using some of the stones removed to create a suite which included the tiara, earrings and a necklace. The emerald became the centre stone of the necklace and afterwards carried the Stotesbury name.
Read more about the fascinating history of this gem on Sotheby’s website.
The Stotesbury Emerald was not the only exciting jewelry to be offered by Sotheby’s at this New York auction. Take a look at this video to get a quick overview.
Thanks to Sotheby’s for information, images and the video.