Also accompanied by AGL report no. 8089012, dated 11 March 2019, stating that the 4.30 carat emerald is of ClassicTM Colombian origin, with insignificant to minor clarity enhancement.
Further accompanied by original receipt from Van Cleef & Arpels.
Colombian emeralds have been sought after by virtually every powerful empire since ancient Egypt, including the Romans, Spanish conquistadors, and India’s Mughals, whose love for the gems knew no limits. Emeralds have many characteristics but are particularly prized for their colour, rendering them the standard for green amongst the coloured gemstone world.
Emeralds receive their brilliant green hue from trace elements of chromium, iron and vanadium combined with the millenary years of formation far within the Earth’s crust. The desirability of emeralds originating from the historic deposits of Colombia in particular are attributed to their formation process during the quaternary period, when Boyaca and part of the Eastern Ranges belonged to the ocean. This meant that emeralds were actually formed within an aquatic environment granting them their natural clarity above the rest. This unusual location influenced the intensity level of each element in its composition, high levels of chromium combined with leveled vanadium and lower iron content gives the beryl it’s unique and desired bluish green to green hue and tone. Above their distinct green colour, Colombian emeralds are further enhanced by their natural fluorescence above the rest.
Emeralds typically contain inclusions visible to the unaided eye, which has been accepted by all gemstone connoisseurs; so much so that the moss-like inclusions are charmingly referred to as “jardin”, meaning garden in French.
Van Cleef & Arpels is a maison brought to life through the unique creative energy of love. During the late 19th century, Estelle Arpels, the daughter of a precious stones dealer met Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a stone cutter, this love story led to the natural marriage both in love and in jewellery.
The love affair continues as Van Cleef & Arpels is known for their enchanting collections containing impressive emeralds. Each jewel contains carefully selected green beauties from their colour to their purity, in the search for perfectly located “jardins” and hues giving character to each individual piece of jewellery. Lot 1718, the ‘Toscane’ necklace, contains five Colombian emeralds delicately set in an exquisite creation by Van Cleef & Arpels, once again marrying the art between nature and craftsmanship.
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