Emerald, Step Cut, 10.96 CT
History tells us that during the period of the Mughal Empire, the finest emeralds were imported from what is now modern-day Colombia via trade with the Portugese. The rich green gemstones coming from the New World, such as this 10.96-carat Colombian emerald, were so highly coveted, it’s been reported that Shah Jahangir had more than half a million carats of unmounted emeralds in his treasury! This particular Mughal emerald has all the qualities royalty would have yearned to possess, from its generous size and luminous green color to its characteristic clarity, treated with only minor traditional oil enhancement as certified by the American Gemological Laboratories. This Colombian emerald’s elongated octagonal shape also offers a powerful presence, made even more magnificent by the sparkle off its step cut facets.
Few gemstones on the market today offer the beauty, value, history and intrigue like that of Colombian emeralds. Originating mainly in the renowned Muzo, Chivor and Coscuez mines, Colombian emeralds are the only emeralds to form in sedimentary rock, where the geological process gives them their coveted green color, intense color saturation and gorgeous internal qualities. From natives of the New World to modern-day royalty, Colombian emeralds are one of the most sought-after and precious gemstones in the world. To learn more about Colombian emeralds, click here.
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