This June 20th one of the finest emeralds ever to come to auction, the 18.04 carat Rockefeller emerald, is being sold on behalf of a private American Collector, estimate: $4,000,000 – $6,000,000. The emerald is described as having, “mesmerising colour and impeccable clarity”, so called because it was once owned by the famed Rockefeller family, will lead at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York.
This stunning emerald was acquired in 1930 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. as the centrepiece of a brooch, said to be by Van Cleef & Arpels, and given to his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. When she died, the brooch was inherited by her youngest son, David Rockefeller. Honouring the trusted relationship formed by his father, David Rockefeller called upon Raymond Yard to design a setting that would perfectly highlight the superior quality and beauty of what had become a family gemstone. Mr. Yard successfully executed one of his most important private commissions, by re-mounting the 18.04 carat emerald in a platinum and diamond ring setting for David Rockefeller. This stunning stone later passed from the Rockefeller family into private ownership and is being offered on behalf of an important American collector, who acquired it over a decade ago, and still maintains the same magnificent setting nearly seventy years later.
“The intense colour and distinct saturation that typifies a Colombian emerald is illustrated perfectly in this remarkable stone. Described by the American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) as ‘exceptional,’ it possesses what AGL calls an ‘unusual combination of size, provenance, absence of treatment and quality factors (that contribute) favourably to its rarity and desirability,’” noted Christie’s.
Due to its rarity, an emerald of this quality and significant weight is not readily found in the market, and is ranked at the top of its class.