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The lapidarists or precious stone experts of Antiquity who worked the emerald said it drove away thunderstorms, magnetic storms and all storms but also helped slaves find their freedom. Its green color makes it the active symbol of water, rain and fertility and its activity intensifies in the spring. Spring is in the air, the month of May, too, and emeralds embody both with their color: brilliant green and their symbolism for the emerald is the birthstone for those born in May. Precious gemstones have always been the hallmark of the house of Harry Winston, notably diamonds, but the precious fragile emerald is dear the heart of the house as well. In 2017 Harry Winston purchased the sublime Rockefeller emerald, named for its famous owners the influential Rockefeller family of New York. Exceptionally pure, intensely green, this Colombian diamond is regarded as one of the most refined and rarest of emeralds in the world.
Re-baptized the Rockefeller-Winston emerald the house set this gemstone of 18.03 carats into a framework of scintillating diamonds whose 108 brilliant and pear-cut diamonds totaling 10.70 carats form an open flower whose petals are literally paved with diamonds. The Rockefeller-Winston emerald is complemented by an array of pieces by the house featuring flower-inspired jewels ornamented with emeralds. Emerald gemstones are a variety of the mineral beryl and the finest emeralds in the world come from Colombia where they occur in veins with calcite and pyrite while beautifully formed hexagonal beryl crystals may be found in Brazil, Russia and many other countries. Egyptian emerald mines, often referred to as Cleopatra’s mines, date back to 1650 B.C. and the ancient Egyptians and other peoples of Antiquity believed emeralds cured ailments of the eyes.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette