Category Archives: Emeralds

The Cambridge and Delhi Dunbar Parure

Origin of the word “parure” The word “parure” meaning “adornment” in French, came into usage in the 17th century Europe to refer to a set of three or more matching pieces of jewelry, which became popular during this period. Eventually the meaning of the word was widened to include an entire wardrobe or suite of […]

Beauharnais Emerald Collection – Grand Duchess Stephanie Emerald Parure

Origin of name Stephanie de Beauharnais, the Grand Duchess of Baden, was a niece to Alexandre Vicomte de Beauharnais, the first husband of Empress Josephine de Beauharnais, who was killed during the upheavals of the French revolution. On March 9, 1796, when Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais, he became the step-father to two of […]

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 […]

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