The Fashion and Design of Emerald - Part II
May is the month of renewal, growth, and beauty, as spring blossoms and nature awakens from its winter slumber. As the birthstone for May, emerald is also a symbol of rebirth, renewal, and growth; all fertile qualities of spring. Whether worn as a statement piece or as a personal talisman, emerald continues to inspire and enchant people around the world.
Emerald Fashion and Design
Emerald has been a favourite in the world of luxury design; it’s safe to say emeralds reflect the fashion, style, and status of their owners.
Emerald has always been associated with luxury, elegance, and sophistication. Famous jewellery houses, such as Cartier, Tiffany, and Van Cleef & Arpels, have created exquisite emerald pieces for royalty,
celebrities, and fashion icons.
The Emerald Tiara of the Spanish Royal Family features a row of pear-shaped emeralds set in platinum and diamonds, and is often worn by Queen Letizia for formal occasions.
The Rockefeller Emerald Necklace, once owned by the American billionaire John D. Rockefeller Jr., features a 18.04-carat emerald pendant set in platinum and diamonds, and was auctioned for a record- breaking $5.5 million in 2017.
The Elizabeth Taylor Bulgari Emerald Suite features a necklace, bracelet, earrings, and ring set with emeralds and diamonds, and was gifted to Ms. Taylor by her husband Richard Burton.
Emerald jewelry is not only a symbol of wealth and glamour, but also a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the designers and artisans who create them.
The art of cutting and polishing emeralds requires great expertise and patience, as emerald is a relatively soft and brittle gemstone that can easily crack or chip. The emerald cut shape, which is a rectangular shape with truncated corners, enhances the color and clarity of the gem. The cabochon cut, which is a rounded shape with a smooth, polished surface showcases the translucency and texture of each emerald..
Current trends and innovations in emerald design include the use of alternative cuts, settings, and materials, and cater to the changing tastes and values of the market.
Combine emeralds with other gems to create unique and striking designs. Emerald and diamond earrings are a classic combination that exudes elegance and sophistication, while emerald and gold add warmth and richness to the skin.
When will you be adding an emerald to YOUR family jewels?