In 1930 John D. Jr. presented to Abby a brooch adorned with several emeralds. The jewel was dismantled in the division of Abby's deceased estate in 1948 and the biggest emerald was brought to Raymond Yard, the favorite jeweler of the Rockefeller family. This superb step cut stone weighing 18.04 carats offers the typical characteristics of the best Colombian emeralds by its intense color and saturation.
The jewel created in 1948 by Yard on a platinum ring has not been modified. The emerald is flanked on both sides by small diamonds. It will be sold by Christie's on June 20 in their usual auction room at the Rockefeller Center in New York, lot 126 estimated $ 4M.
An emerald of similar quality was in the collection of Elizabeth Taylor. It had been assembled by Bvlgari on a brooch in a surrounding of diamonds. Sold by Christie's on December 13, 2011 for $ 6.6M including premium, this emerald weighing 23.46 carats reached the record price of $ 280K per carat.
SOLD for $ 4.7M before fees