Author Archives: Dr Shihaan Larif

The Atocha Emeralds

Origin of name The Atocha Emeralds refer to the Emeralds originally of Muzo and Chivor origins in Colombia, which were re-discovered from the high profile shipwreck of the Spanish treasure galleon, the “Nuestra Senora de Atocha” which sank in a hurricane off the coast of Florida on September 6, 1622, about 35 miles (56 km) […]

Ashok Kumar Sancheti’s Carved Emerald at the NMNH of the Smithsonian Institution

Origin of name The carved emerald representing the profile of a woman’s head, carved out of a natural emerald crystal discovered in the Muzo mines of Colombia, was donated to the National Museum of  Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, at Washington D.C. in the year 2003, by Shri Ashok Kumar Sancheti, the proprietor of […]

“Lua de Maraba” Topaz

Origin of name “Lua de Maraba” in the Portuguese language means “The Moon of Maraba.” Maraba is one of the biggest cities in the State of Para, the second largest state area wise situated in the northern  region of Brazil in the lower Amazon basin. Maraba, whose name is derived from the Tupi language, spoken […]

Topaz Amarelo (Yellow Topaz)

Origin of name “Amarelo” in the Portuguese language means “Yellow,” and therefore “Topaz Amarelo” simply means “Yellow Topaz.” This is an obvious reference to the color of this enormous gemstone, from which the name appears to have been derived. Yellow is one of the commonest colors in which topaz exists in nature, besides other colors […]

Hall Sapphire and Diamond Necklace

Origin of Name The Hall Sapphire and Diamond Necklace gets its name from the Late Mrs. Evelyn Annenberg Jaffe Hall, newspaper heiress, philanthropist and a connoisseur, collector and patron of the Arts, who following the example set by her elder sister Mrs. Janet Annenberg Hooker, who donated the US$500,000 worth Hooker Emerald Brooch to the […]

Simon Patiño’s Magnificent Emerald and Diamond Necklace

Origin of Name The impressive emerald and diamond necklace was designed by Cartier London in 1937 after they had purchased a rare emerald cross of 45 carats from Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain, after the Spanish royal family went into exile in Europe in 1931, and subsequently Queen Victoria Eugenie and King Alfonso XIII separated, […]

Princess Faiza’s Art Deco Emerald and Diamond Fringe Necklace

Lareef A. Samad – B.Sc (Hons) Origin of Name As the name indicates, the exquisite Art Deco emerald and diamond necklace designed by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1929 and modified in 1937, was purchased by Princess Faiza of Egypt-daughter of king Fouad I of Egypt (1868-1936) and sister of the last king of Egypt, […]

Julius Cohen Necklace – Bequest of Margaret McCormack Sokol to the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection

Origin of Name The Julius Cohen Necklace gets its name from the designers of this exquisitely crafted 18k yellow-gold and emerald necklace, Julius Cohen Jeweler Inc., America’s most celebrated and award-winning jewelery design firm of the 20th century, estabished in 1956. It is important to remember that even though the necklace is named for its […]

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