In the auction world, there are few things more fascinating than the journey of a gem through the hands of the rich and famous. The Stotesbury Emerald, which will be included in the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York on April 25, is one such stone.
Sotheby researchers have found a century-long tale of intrigue behind the unusual hexagonal-cut 34.4-carat Colombian emerald’s journey through America (its whereabouts before then are unknown), linking it to some of society’s most notable jewelry lovers.
The stone, which has a sales estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million, began its American tale in 1908 when Cartier created a necklace for the eccentric mining heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean featuring her 94.8-carat Star of the East diamond and the emerald. Three years later, the Parisian house and the socialite agreed to a complex exchange involving the emerald and the famous Hope Diamond that led to a bitter court battle, settled in 1912 with the emerald back in Cartier’s possession.
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