An important emerald and diamond cluster ring
Sold for HK$ 7,420,000 in Hong Kong, 26 November 2014

Art Market Review

Issue 9, July - December 2014

Page 44

This antique cushion-shaped emerald, weighing 10.09 carats, within a brilliant-cut diamond surround, between shoulders of similarly cut diamonds was particularly prized for the outstanding quality of the emerald. Found in the Columbian Andes, this flawless stone from the mining areas of Muzo, Coscuez and Chivor has a purity rarely seen in emeralds from Columbia of this size. Columbia produces what are, without question, the world's finest emeralds. Mining for the stones goes back to the time of the Incas and the mines at Muzo, Coscuez and Chivor have been operating since the 1500s. Colombia's emeralds are the most sought after because of their brilliance and depth of colour. In general, a rich green emerald even with imperfections is more valued than a perfect emerald in a paler shade. An emerald deep in colour with few imperfections is even more desirable and it is just such an emerald which adds distinction to this ring.

Jean Ghika
Director of Jewellery

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