Birthstone News: Royal Emeralds at Christie’s Geneva Sale

Christie’s May 13 auction of Magnificent Jewels in Geneva will be led by the historically important Maria Christina Royal Devant-de-Corsage brooch, which was presented as a wedding gift from King Alfonso XII of Spain to his wife, the Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria in November 1879. The auction will showcase over 351 spectacular jewels, including the Royal Emeralds of India: a pair of antique emerald Indian bangles (estimate: $1,500,000 – $2,000,000). The entire sale is expected to achieve in excess of $80 million.

Emerald Bangle Bracelets Alternate view of the emerald bangle bracelets
A Royal Provenance

These antique emerald Indian bangles are believed to have descended from one of the more prominent Indian Royal families that were known to have the most superb collections of emeralds in their treasuries. Set with large emeralds of exceptional richness of color, they would have been worn spaced with other gem-set bracelets in the style that was popular with the fashions of the Art Deco period in the 1920s.

A Superb Pair of Antique Emerald Bangles

Lot Description “Each is set with 23 graduated rectangular-cut emeralds, in a raised openwork scrolling gold mount, “1900s, India,” inner circumference 16.2 cm, each in a red leather fitted case bearing the initial ‘B.’ The bracelets are accompanied by report no. 79094, dated 18 March 2015 from the Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF), stating that the 46 emeralds are of Colombian origin, with indications of none-to-moderate amount of oil, and an Appendix letter for the ‘Exceptional Pair of Emerald Bangles’ stating that, ‘The pair of emerald bangles is exceptional not only due to the matching quality of their color and quality, but also based on the provided information, due to the fact that they have remained in pristine original condition for over one hundred years.’”

According to Christie’s, The Royal Emeralds of India auction lot is among the few old Indian jewels that have not been taken apart for their gem content. It offers the rare opportunity to own a piece of antique Indian emerald jewelry in original condition.

Baron de Rothschild Necklace - Elegant and Rare Platinum, Emerald, Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli and Diamond Pendant Necklace Designed by Charles Jacqueau for Cartier Paris Sold for $2,590,000
Baron de Rothschild Necklace – Elegant and Rare Platinum, Emerald, Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli and Diamond Pendant Necklace Designed by Charles Jacqueau for Cartier Paris – Sold on April 21 at Sotheby’s for $2,590,000

Click here to follow the Christie’s May 13 Magnificent Jewels Sale online. And Happy Birthday to all of our OBJ readers who were born in May!

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Source: Christies.com

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