It is said by poets that there are a thousand shades of green, and at a time of year when Spring is springing up all around us, who can deny that verdant thought.

Emerald and Diamond Ring, by Bulgari realized $55,000 at Dupuis.

 

Emerald, the pure rich vibrant green variety of the mineral beryl, can reflect all of those poetical tones, matching the first signs of nature’s annual spring rebirth and ably suited to be the birthstone for the month of May.

Green is considered a gentle colour, a restful colour, a peaceful colour. The Ancients, from Aristotle, to Nero and Hippocrates, believed in the soothing, medicinal properties of the emerald. First believed to have been discovered in either Egypt or India thousands of years ago, the gem was known to be a favourite of Cleopatra. During the sixteenth century, deposits found in Colombia eclipsed all other sources in both quantity and quality and emeralds from the renowned Muzo mine continue to hold that preeminent status today.

The venerable emerald – its colour symbolizing calm new life and nature’s continuous cycle of rebirth – is at the same time both lively and soothing, worthy of consideration as your favourite special occasion gemstone.

Important Pair of Emerald and Diamond Ear Pendants realized $125,000 at Dupuis.

Famous examples include the Duke of Devonshire’s uncut emerald weighing almost 1400 carats; legendary jewels worn by the Nizams of Hyderabad, the Mughal royals and Maharajahs, were encrusted with emeralds of staggering beauty; Russia’s Catherine the Great owned magnificent specimens; Liz Taylor was gifted notable emeralds from her very generous husband, Richard Burton. Queen Elizabeth II is often photographed wearing a spectacular crown adorned with pear-shaped emerald drops, inherited from her jewellery-loving grandmother, Queen Mary.

The clarity and transparency of an emerald is affected by naturally occurring fissures, seen as noticeably eye visible inclusions and typically found in all emeralds, to a lesser or greater degree. The gems benefit from accepted industry treatments used to improve their appearance. These internal features, are poetically termed “jardin”, the French word for garden.

The upcoming auction features a great variety of emerald jewels.

From trending pretty, pastel-coloured gems to a royal wedding-inspired “something blue,” aquamarine is a stylish addition to any jewellery collection, for any occasion. The icy blue hue of this striking gemstone offers a unique, almost whimsical appeal and a nod to vintage and retro charm, especially when paired with the ever popular white gold or platinum, and accented by diamonds.

Lot 79, June 2019 Auction


An Aquamarine, Diamond and Platinum Ring

Set with an emerald-cut aquamarine weighing approximately 16.00 carats, flanked by flares of tapered baguette-cut and round diamonds, mounted in platinum
Estimate: $3,000-$4,000

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Aquamarine – not just a sailor’s delight

Long associated with the sea (its name derived from the Latin for “seawater”), aquamarine has been called the sailor’s lucky stone, guarding against the perils of the ocean, and was also thought to enhance intuition when worn. Aquamarine is also the traditional birthstone for those born in March. This feminine gem is now a statement piece for the chic and modern woman – sea-faring or otherwise.

When it comes to gemstones, royalty knows best

Of course, you don’t need to take our word for it: the rising Aquamarine wave surged even higher after last year’s royal nuptials when the newly named Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, was spotted waving the dazzling emerald-cut aquamarine ring once worn by the late Princess Diana. The bespoke cocktail ring designed by the iconic British jewellers, Asprey, brought the something blue tradition to a new level, while also paying tribute to Prince Harry’s mother and reminding us of the significant impact heirloom jewellery can have.

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Adding aquamarine to your collection

A member of the beryl mineral family, aquamarine is as durable as it is bold, and is suitable for everyday wear –  it’s also a very affordable gem even when weighing in a range larger than 10 carats or even nudging north of 40 carats. Whether you’re looking for a show-stopping complement to your wedding day jewellery or are simply drawn to the effortless charm of this distinctive gemstone, Dupuis Fine Jewellery Auctioneers offers several one-of-a-kind aquamarine pieces:

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