The Rockefeller Emerald To Be Auctioned By Christie’s

The Rockefeller Emerald To Be Auctioned By Christie’s.

An 18.04 carats emerald of mesmerising colour and impeccable clarity once owned by Rockefeller family is set to be the highlight of Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale at the Rockefeller Center, New York on June 20 2017. In 1930 John D. Rockefeller, Jr. purchased through a private owner a brooch for his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The brooch, said to be by Van Cleef & Arpels, centred upon a large emerald with mesmerising colour and impeccable clarity. When Abby Aldrich Rockefeller passed away in 1948, Rockefeller turned to Raymond Yard, a jeweller, to disassemble the brooch. Individual emeralds from the setting were distributed among the Rockefeller children. The centre emerald, was given to David Rockefeller. Entrusting Yard with this stunning gemstone, Rockefeller asked him to mount the emerald on a ring. Executed with an elegantly understated diamond and platinum setting, the ring was one of Yard’s most important private commissions. Known for his unique flair and keen eye for quality, Raymond Carter Yard set a high standard for American jewellery design in the 20th century.

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