Hollywood actor Richard Burton once told Elizabeth Taylor, “I love to watch your response and that’s why I just love giving you jewellery”. Her emerald-and-diamond necklace, earrings and the famous entremblant brooch were gifts from Burton during their courtship and marriage. After her death, Taylor’s collection was sold at Christie’s New York auction in December 2011 and fetched about $115 million.
This and many such stories about kings, queens and famous actors who were connoisseurs of emerald jewellery, have made it to the coffee-table book titled Emerald (Rs 7,784), commissioned by UK-based Gemfields, which deals in precious metals.
One of the book’s four authors, Joanna Hardy, who has 30 years of experience in gemology, visited Mumbai recently. She has selected more than 200 emerald jewellery pieces to be photographed for the book. Many of these have never been seen at any auction or collection before.
- Varun Gandhi Under Attack Over Defence Deals: Here’s How
- This Diwali, Let Blind Students Brighten Up your Homes With Candles & Diyas
- CBI Files Supplementary Chargesheet In Sheena Bora Murder Case
- Soha Ali Khan And Vir Das Starrer 31st October Audience Reaction
- Sahara Chief Subrata Roy’s Parole Extended Till November 28
- Simple Tips To Secure Your Debit Card From Fraudsters
- New Zealand & India Team Being Welcomed In Chandigarh
- Mumbai Call Centre Scam: All You Need To Know
- Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Appeals To Police: Here’s What She Said
- Shocker From Ahmedabad: Find Out What Happened
- Bigg Boss 10 Day 3 Review: Celebs Fail To Do Well in First Task
- Airtel Offers 10GB Data At Rs 259 For New 4G Smartphone Users
- Aamir Khan Starrer Dangal’s Trailer Launched: First Impressions
- TMC Supporters Attack BJP Leader Babul Supriyo
- Sri Lankan Navy Apprehends 20 Indian Fishermen
Hardy’s selection for the book includes ornaments owned by Empress Josephine, Napoleon’s first wife, and jewellery owned by the Maharajah of Kapurthala, Jagatjit Singh. The latter commissioned Cartier to make his famous Kapurthala headdress of emeralds and diamonds. He even got a crescent-shaped emerald headgear for his favourite elephant. “But it was destined to be worn by a woman who stole his heart — a Spanish flamenco dancer named Anita Delgado,” says Hardy.
The book is divided into three sections with contributions from editor of Vogue’s Italian edition, Franca Sozzani. The first section gives a history on emeralds, and the second showcases emerald jewellery through time. The third section talks about emerald trade through history.