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15. The Empress of Spain

A beautiful and elaborate 20in. necklace of 18 karat and 14 karat gold featuring at its center a large 9.48 carat teardrop cabochon emerald and five smaller briolette teardrop emeralds of a combined 12.76 carats. Framed by 74 round brilliant diamonds and three tapered baguette diamonds, plus 60 round brilliant diamonds in the chain, collectively weighing 7.44 carats. Chain further includes 120 prong set round cut emeralds of 7.25 carats (total weight), finishing with a lovely oval cabochon Colombian cat’s eye emerald of 2.03 carats, set in the 18 karat white gold clasp and framed by 16 round brilliant diamonds of 0.50 carats (total weight). Total combined gem weight (emeralds and diamonds) of approximately 39 carats.

This 20in. 18 karat and 14 karat gold necklace created by Marcial de Gomar is an original showpiece inspired by his fusion of Spanish and Native American art. With personally selected fine natural Colombian emeralds directly from the Muzo region of Colombia, “The Empress of Spain” centers the eye on an uncommonly large, fine quality teardrop cabochon emerald (9.48 carats), as is sometimes found in the royal jewelry of the Habsburgs, Romanovs, or Pahlavi’s, accompanied by five beautiful swaying briolette teardrop emeralds enjoying a combined approximate weight of 12.76 carats. The center emerald is framed by 74 prong set round brilliant diamonds plus three tapered baguette diamonds in the crown and a further 60 round brilliant diamonds in the chain for an estimated total weight of 7.44 carats. The gold wave necklace is inspired by the sea wave at the foot of the “Plus Ultra” sign of the Pillars of Hercules, heralding the sea distances to be encountered during the Spanish voyages of discovery.


The necklace further contains 120 prong set round cut natural emeralds with an approximate total weight of 7.25 carats that culminate in yet another splendor of this necklace, the extremely rare, fine quality oval cabochon cut natural Colombian cat’s eye emerald, weighing 2.03 carats. This well-defined cat’s eye emerald is set within an 18 karat white gold clasp embraced by sixteen round brilliant diamonds in the halo weighing approximately 0.50 carats. In total, this creation contains 127 natural emeralds mined in Colombia and 153 diamonds with a combined gem weight of nearly 39 carats all together. This marriage of New and Old World design thinking yields a flowing harmony that is regal and unique, and will only enhance the beauty and grace of its wearer.

Accompanied by GIA Report 1182154585 of February 23, 2017. Offered without a minimum reserve.

Note: Due to the inability of current technology capturing the blue green hues and light dispersion in emeralds accurately, digital and particularly print images, do no justice to the true beauty, color and fire of Colombian emeralds. These magnificent specimens truly need to be seen with the naked eye to be appreciated to their full extent.

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