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Emeralds in legends and history

Emeralds in legends and history
Blackamoor figurines. Emeralds in legends and history

Emeralds in legends and history

According to the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Egyptians emerald was as a gift from the great god Thoth. The green color of the emerald reminds of spring, and considered a symbol of eternal youth. The Egyptians called the emerald “stone of the goddess Isis,” and attributed to it many abilities. In particular, to turn dreams into reality, read minds, see the past and predict the future. Also, according to belief, the emerald rewarded human loyalty and constant love. Considered the best gift for pregnant women, this stone was the patron saint of expectant mothers. Widely used in ancient Egyptian jewelry, many people wanted to put the gem in their tombs. In the XV-XVII centuries Russia emerald was the stone of wisdom and composure, and for this quality Alexander Pushkin wore his emerald ring.

Emeralds in legends and history. Emerald "Mogul"
Mogul emerald. weight of 217.8 carats, size 5 x 3.8 x 3.5 cm, found in 1695. Emeralds in legends and history

On one side – engraved prayers, on the other – ornaments of flowers. This legendary emerald was purchased by an unknown person 28 September 2001 at Christie’s auction for $ 2.2 million. Noteworthy, Islamic countries positively perceived green emerald as a magic stone. Christian tradition, on the contrary, finds its magical stone from hell. According to legend, the largest emerald fell to the ground from the helmet of Lucifer, while he was expelling from the heaven. The Holy Grail has been cut from this particular emerald.

Emerald vessel unguentarium 2860 carat, Emeralds in legends and history
Colombian Emerald vessel unguentarium 2860 carat

Considered a powerful talisman for the healing of eyesight, ancient people used it also in the treatment of snakebite.

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St. George fighting with the dragon, 1470. The paintings of St. George fighting with the dragon (evil incarnate), depict the body of a snake made of emeralds

Emerald & Diamond Nardi Blackamoor Clip, Italy, 1940
Nardi Blackamoor Clip. Emerald and Diamond, Italy, 1940

Alchemist installation for the production of the philosopher’s stone, which is able to turn base metals into gold and give immortality, (according to alchemists) written on the Emerald Tablet. In the history of myths, this tablet is a huge emerald which bears the postulates of the occult sciences. This emerald was allegedly found near the mummy of Egyptian god of wisdom, Thoth, who is identified with Hermes.

In Central Asia, people believed that who wears an emerald, sees no dreams, embarrassing spirit. Besides, Emerald strengthens the heart, removes the bitterness, rescues from epilepsy and evil spirits. If emerald is framed in gold, and used as a seal, the owner of it insured against the pestilence, from the spell of love and lack of sleep.

Emeralds in legends
Scent bottle. ca. 1820s, mounted in gold, set with emeralds, rubies and brilliant-cut diamonds

Attenbury emeralds – the modern detective story, in which Lord Peter Wimsey must solve several puzzles associated with emeralds.

Emeralds in legends
Young Queen Victoria, on portraits by Thomas Sully in 1838

This brooch has an interesting history, here young Queen Victoria, on portraits by Thomas Sully in 1838. The jeweler received a medal for these cameos at the World Expo 1851.

Emerald Buddha
“Emerald Buddha” – the weight of 3600 carats, was found in 1994 in Madagascar. Later was cut a statue of the Buddha called the “Emerald Buddha” in honor of the eponymous temple in Thailand

Highly Collectible Nardi Blackamoor. Italy. ca. 1950s
Highly Collectible Nardi Blackamoor. Italy. ca. 1950s. Guilio Nardi, founder of the renowned Venetian jewelry house of the same name, first started to design blackamoors in the early 1920s
At Display in Vienna Museum of History and Arts
This Piece – worked out of a SINGLE Emerald cluster from Colombia and built in Prague in 1641. Weight of the Emerald only: 2680 Carats. At Display in Vienna Museum of History and Arts

Emeralds in legends and history

Emerald in jewelry art
Neo Gothic Cathedral Style Bracelet. Gold, enamel, aquamarine, opal ruby. Paris. Circa 1845
Emerald in jewelry art
Stunning Emerald and diamond ring
Gold, gem-set and diamond necklace/bracelet, mid 19th century
Snake bracelet. Gold, gem-set and diamond, mid 19th century
Gem-set, enamel and diamond brooch, early 20th century
Fly brooch. Gem-set, enamel and diamond, early 20th century
Emeralds in legends and history
Necklace of emeralds
Art Deco Diamond, Emerald, Platinum Brooch, Lacloche Freres
Lacloche Freres Art Deco Diamond, Emerald, Platinum Brooch
Hammerman Brothers Lion Head Pin
Hammerman Brothers Lion Head Pin
Cartier. A Diamond Emerald and Enamel Brooch. France Circa 1960's
Tiger brooch. Cartier. A Diamond Emerald and Enamel. France
Circa 1960’s
Edwardian Emerald and Rose Cut Diamond Lizard Pin. France, Circa 1900
Edwardian Emerald and Rose Cut Diamond Lizard Pin. France, Circa 1900
Cartier Panther 18K Gold Onyx Diamond Emerald Earrings. France, $35,000
Cartier Panther 18K Gold Onyx Diamond Emerald Earrings. France, $35,000
Art Deco Cabochon Emerald Asian Style Brooch. Circa 1930
Asian Style Brooch. Art Deco. Cabochon Emerald, Circa 1930
Van Cleef & Arpels Yellow Gold Frog with Emerald Eyes Ring, USA, 1969
Frog ring by Van Cleef & Arpels. Yellow Gold, Emerald Eyes, USA, 1969
D. Webb Diamond, Emerald, Enamel & Yellow Gold Owl Pin/Pendant. USA. Circa 1970's. $12,500
Owl brooch pendant by D. Webb. Diamond, Emerald, Enamel & Yellow Gold. Circa 1970’s. $12,500
Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire & Agate Pendant in 18K Yellow Gold 50's-60's
Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire & Agate Pendant in 18K Yellow Gold
50’s-60’s
French "Wise Owl" Gem Set Brooch Clip. France, 1960s
French “Wise Owl” Gem Set Brooch Clip. France, 1960s
Golden Boy Riding on a Dolphin Brooch. ca. 1950s
Golden Boy Riding on a Dolphin Brooch. ca. 1950s
Van Cleef amp Arpels emerald and pearl necklace
Van Cleef amp Arpels emerald and pearl necklace
"The big bouquet". Diamonds, emeralds, gold, silver. About 1760
“The big bouquet”. Diamonds, emeralds, gold, silver. About 1760
Yellow Diamond Leopard Brooch, European, Contemporary
Yellow Diamond Leopard Brooch, European, Contemporary
David Webb Double Leopard Flexible Bangle. USA, 1990
David Webb Double Leopard Flexible Bangle. USA, 1990
Fantastic double leopard flexible bracelet of black enamel scales. Very rare David Webb model
Fantastic double leopard flexible bracelet of black enamel scales. Very rare David Webb model
Diamond, Ruby, Emerald & Yellow Gold Mask Pendant by Wander France, Circa 1970's. $7,500
Mask pendant. Diamond, Ruby, Emerald & Yellow Gold by Wander. France, Circa 1970’s. $7,500
Emerald Crystal, Diamond, Gold Pendant-Enhancer, Underwood
Underwood Emerald Crystal, Diamond, Gold Pendant-Enhancer
Retro Carved Ivory, Emerald, Sapphire, Diamond, Gold Jewelry Suite
Retro Carved Ivory, Emerald, Sapphire, Diamond, Gold Jewelry Suite
Circa 1970. Schepps 18K Gold, Rock Crystal, Emerald & Diamond Clip
Circa 1970. Schepps 18K Gold, Rock Crystal, Emerald & Diamond Clip
Colombian Emerald Ring. French circa 1910. Colombian emerald (approx. 3.2 cts) and diamond ring, in platinum. Price $145,000
Colombian Emerald Ring. French circa 1910. (approx. 3.2 cts) diamond ring, in platinum. Price $145,000
Gem-set and diamond brooch, Early 20th Century 1940
Lizard Gem-set and diamond brooch, Early 20th Century 1940
Emerald, Diamond, Cultured Pearl, Gold Necklace
Diamond, emerald, Cultured Pearl, Gold Necklace
Art Nouveau Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Gold Bracelet, Lebolt & Co
Art Nouveau Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Gold Bracelet, Lebolt & Co
Emeralds in legends and history
Exquisite floral design brooch

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