With its exceptional size, extraordinary shape and rich, vibrant hue, the Stotesbury Emerald would be an outstanding stone if considered only for its superb gem quality. Enclosed in this unique stone, however, is a history that includes two celebrated design houses and three incomparable women who shared an impeccable eye for renowned jewels and gemstones. Each leading lady changed it meet her specific taste, in concert with the most famed jewelers of all time. The emerald’s fabled path illustrates the legend of a gem that coincided with the heyday of jewellry collecting in the United States. Click ahead to discover more than 100 years of the Stotesbury Emerald’s renowned history, as it awaits its next chapter. –Mallory Landers
25 April New York
The Magnificent and Legendary Stotesbury Emerald, in a ring by Harry Winston, weighing approximately 34.40 carats. Sold for $996,500 on 25 April 2017 at Sotheby's New York.