Category Archives: Famous Gemstones

Godman Emerald and Diamond Necklace

Origin of name The exquisitely crafted emerald and diamond encrusted Godman Necklace, which is part of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s personal jewelry collection, was a gift by the two elderly Godman sisters to her majesty the Queen. The name “Godman Necklace” reflects the name of the original owners of the necklace. The two sisters […]

Gachala Emerald

Origin of name The 858-carat “Gachala Emerald” described as one of the most beautiful emerald gemstones ever known, gets its name from the mining district where the “Vegas de San Juan” mine that produced the renowned gemstone was situated. Though lighter in color the Gachala emeralds were cleaner with less inclusions and more transparent than […]

Emerald Unguentarium (Vessel) in the Imperial Treasury in Vienna

Origin of name The term unguentarium is derived from the Latin word “unguent” which means a soft greasy or thick substance used as ointment or for lubrication. An unguentarium is a small vessel or container that holds an unguent. Unguentaria of different sizes and shapes made of ceramic or glass had been in use since […]

Emeralds of the Programa Royal Collection-Agra Emerald, Corazon Emerald and other smaller emeralds

The Programa Royal Collections The Programa Royal Collections based in Madrid, Spain, contains one of the most comprehensive and unique collections of gems and minerals ever assembled, that includes all varieties and classes, besides other collections such as precious metal and gemstone artwork and sculptures both current as well as ancient, a collection of gem-encrusted […]

Emerald Necklaces of the Maharajah of Nawanagar

Jewelry of the Maharajahs were symbols of status and power The Maharajah Jamsahib of Nawanagar, Shri Kumar Ranjithsinhji Vibhaji Jadega (1872-1933) was a connoisseur and collector of gems and jewelry and had a fabulous collection of jewelry, some inherited from his ancestors and others designed and executed during his life time by Jacques Cartier, with […]

Emerald Man

Emerald Carving an Ancient Art of the Indians of Central and South America (Mesoamerica) The “Emerald Man” is an artifact in the form of a small stone figurine, representing a male human figure, carved out of a single green emerald crystal, believed to be the oldest known Mesoamerican (middle American) emerald and the only known […]

Moghul (Mogul)Emerald-The Largest Engraved Emerald

Origin of name The Mughal emerald is a magnificent historic carved emerald, belonging to the period of the last of the four great Mughal Emperors of India, Aurangzeb who reigned between 1658 and 1707. The  table-cut emerald, with two rectangular flat faces, with dimensions of 5.2 cm by 4.0 cm, and a thickness of 1.2 […]

The NAEM Emerald

Origin of name The abbreviation NAEM stands for the “North American Emerald Mine,” which obviously refers to the mine of origin of the enormous 1,869-carat elongated hexagonal emerald crystal, the largest ever emerald discovered in North America, in the year 2003. The North American Emerald Mine created history in 1998, when a significant pocket of […]

Norwegian Emerald Parure – Empress Josephine’s Emerald Parure

Origin of name The Norwegian Parure, which is part of the Norwegian Crown Jewels, set with lovely dark and rich green emeralds that probably originated in the Muzo or Somondoco emerald mines in Colombia, has a rich history and provenance associated with it. The Parure was said to have been originally owned by Empress Josephine, […]

Patricia Emerald

Origin of name The 632-carat natural uncut emerald of Colombian origin gets its name from the daughter of the mine owner in Chivor, in the southeastern region of the Colombian emerald belt, high up in the Andes Mountains, where the rare bi-hexagonal crystal was discovered, in the year 1920. Chivor and Muzo emerald mines are […]

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