This glorious natural emerald and diamond ring has great wow factor—it just glitters! The emerald is a gorgeous colour, a bright green precious gem weighing just over three-quarters of a carat. The Square-cut emerald has the classic setting it deserves—a pure ‘Roaring Twenties’ showcase of high-quality diamonds surrounding the emerald and encrusting the ring band, all beautifully cut and hand-set in 18ct white gold to set off the emerald to maximum effect. It is a work of art, typical of the stylish creations by the master jewellers of the 1920s. It has just arrived at the Club from the craftsman-jeweller’s workshop in Hatton Garden.
Emerald is one of the most beautiful and prized of gemstones, created in a ‘baptism of fire’ when separate chemicals in the earth’s crust are brought together by an event such as an earthquake. The natural emeralds mined today are relics of geologic events that took place hundreds of millions of years ago. Inclusions in emeralds—known as ‘jardin’—do not detract from the value. On the contrary, minor imperfections within a natural emerald are what give it character and assure the owner that it is a unique, original and unaltered stone. By their nature, emeralds are more prized than diamonds: Egyptians placed them in pyramids to denote eternal youth. The Romans believed they brought fertility. The Incas worshipped them. Philosophers have long said they bring wisdom and growth to the wearer—which is why they are the quintessential stone of love and devotion (and the anniversary gemstone for 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries).