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The beautiful green gemstone, emerald, has always been irresistibly attractive. Like all gemstones, the emerald holds a certain sense of mystery that fascinates and draws us to explore. The International Colored Gemstone Association writes:
“Innumerable fantastic stories have grown up around this magnificent gem. The Incas and Aztecs of South America, where the best emeralds are still found today, regarded the emerald as a holy gemstone…
…The green of the emerald is the colour of life and of the springtime, which comes round again and again. But it has also, for centuries, been the colour of beauty and of constant love. In ancient Rome, green was the colour of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love. And today, this colour still occupies a special position in many cultures and religions. Green, for example, is the holy colour of Islam. Many of the states of the Arab League have green in their flags as a symbol of the unity of their faith. Yet this colour has a high status in the Catholic Church too, where green is regarded as the most natural and the most elemental of the liturgical colours.”
We have three beautiful emeralds to explore below and over the page, as rings and earrings.
Belle Epoque Cabochon Emerald Old Mine Diamond Ring c.1890
Romanov Russia offers this beautiful Belle Epoque diamond and emerald ring c.1890. The 19th century ring is elaborately designed and features a cabochon cut emerald and 23 old cut sparkling white diamonds. The ring is marked with a later Soviet control hallmrk for 583 gold (14K) from the 1930s. The hallmark indicates that the ring was resold through a state owned shop at that time.
Price:$17,500 Reference:237700 . More detail is available from the Romanov Russia website.