Christie's will be making a historical piece available for the auctioning block next month as an emerald and diamond sautoir with ties to Russia's Catherine the Great will headline Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva. The emerald was originally part of the Russian imperial collection for the past 100 years.
The pear-shaped Columbian rock weighs in at 75.61 carats but was previously a 107.67-carat rectangular-shaped emerald belonging to Catherine the Great until her death in 1796. Tsars Paul I, Alexander I, Nicholas 1, and Tsar Alexander later possessed the jewel in the subsequent generations of Russian rule.
In 1874, Alexander gifted the emerald to his son Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, who later presented it to his wife, Grand Duchess Vladimir. When she passed in 1920, her vast collection, including the emerald, was given to her children.
The expected price for the Imperial Emerald of Grand Duchess Vladimir is $2.3 and $3.5 million during Christie's Magnificent Jewels sale on May 15th in Geneva.
Information originally sourced from National Jeweler.