Category Archives: Famous Gemstones

Queen Victoria’s Emerald and Diamond Tiara

Origin of name The origin of the name “Queen Victoria’s Emerald and Diamond” Tiara is self explanatory, as the celebrated tiara was once the valued possession of Queen Victoria, the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Empress of India, whose long period of reign of 63 years and 7 […]

Sacred Emerald Buddha

Origin of name The Sacred Emerald Buddha is one of the largest carved emeralds in the world, sculptured and presented to the world in the year 2006, by its owners Primagem, a Thailand-based company, founded by an American gemstone dealer Jeffrey Bergman. The origin of the name Sacred Emerald Buddha is self explanatory, as the […]

Spanish Inquisition Necklace

Origin of name The origin of the name “Spanish Inquisition Necklace” seems to be shrouded in mystery just as much as the origin of the necklace itself. According to Jeffrey Post, the curator of the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, it was Harry Winston who gave the necklace the interesting name […]

Significant Emeralds discovered in North Carolina

Gemstone production in North Carolina North Carolina ranks among the top ten producers of gemstones in the United States, and is perhaps the only state in the United States that had produced all four major gemstones; diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald. Other gemstones found in North Carolina include hiddenite, aquamarine, garnet etc. The main gem-producing […]

Thrones of the Iranian Crown Jewels

History of the Iranian Thrones Thrones were symbols identified with the status and power of monarchies since ancient times. In the history of mankind thrones were first identified as seats of Gods. But later the meaning of the word changed to include the symbolic seats of those who held secular or religious power such as […]

The Topkapi Emerald Dagger at the Topkapi Museum

Origin of name The Topkapi Emerald Dagger is the renowned jewel-studded dagger of mid-18th century origin, preserved and displayed for public viewing at the treasury of the Topkapi Palace Museum, in Istanbul, Turkey. One side of the handle of the dagger is set with three large Colombian emeralds of good color and clarity whose size […]

Tumbled Emerald Necklace on Wooden Laughing Buddha

The Tumbled Emerald Necklace – a popular exhibit in the NMNH of the Smithsonian Institution The tumbled emerald necklace hanging from the raised hands of the statute of a laughing Buddha in the standing posture, is a popular exhibit among the gem and mineral collection of the National Museum of  Natural History of the Smithsonian […]

Emerald and Diamond Parure of Marie-Louise Empress of France

Origin of name The term “parure” (pah-rur) that came into popular usage in France and later other European countries in the 17th century, refer to an entire wardrobe or suite of matching jewelry, which became a status symbol for the royalty, noble and wealthier classes. A parure meant for the royalty usually included a diadem, […]

Duke of Devonshire Emerald

Origin of name The Duke of Devonshire Emerald gets its name from the 6th Duke of Devonshire, William Cavendish, who according to one version, received the enormous gemstone as a gift from the first emperor of Brazil, Don Pedro I, the son of King John VI of Portugal, but according to a second version purchased […]

Crown of the Andes – Emerald-studded Crown

Origin of name The “Crown of the Andes,” one of the most renowned pieces of Jewelry of 16th-century origin, is perhaps one of the first pieces of jewelry to be adorned with emeralds of Colombian origin, after the discovery of emeralds in Colombia in the mid-16th century. The renowned piece represents one of the finest […]

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