Lot 23

Four rows of well-matched gently graduated emerald beads measuring approximately 13.40 mm to 4.00 mm, accompanied by a silk cord.

Emerald: 938 carats

Origin of the emeralds is believed to be Zambian.

An escalation in mining operations around the globe in the 20th century led to the unveiling of newer emerald deposits. Emeralds were mined from countries as diverse as Russia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. In today's market, Zambian emeralds are one of the most valued varieties of the gemstone. These emeralds are assumed to be one of the oldest varieties with an origin dating back to more than 500 million years. As a result, their formation, composition, and properties are different to emeralds from other parts of the world.

In comparison to Colombian emeralds, Zambian emeralds rank at a higher position on the Mohs scale of hardness (Zambian at 7.5 - 8, whereas Colombian at 7 - 7.5), thus making it much more resistant to scratches. Zambian emeralds also display a more saturated bluish-green tone that is starkly different to their Colombian counterparts, which is visible in the emerald beads in lot 23. These tones symbolise growth, regeneration, and fertility.

In modern India, the many varieties of emeralds have assumed the forms of various jewellery pieces, ranging from traditional chandbalis and bridal chokers to floral brooches and Art Deco bracelets.

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  Lot 23 of 109  

27-28 OCTOBER 2021

$60,815 - 87,840
Rs 45,00,000 - 65,00,000



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