World’s Most Valuable Emerald Unveiled
The emails started coming about a month ago: Bayco announcing that it would be announcing one of the “world’s most precious gems” at the 2013 Baselworld exhibition. Well, today they announced, drumroll……The Imperial Emerald! Actually, the gem is worth the hype and here’s why. First of all, the emerald weighs in at 206 carats. Compare that to the Hooker Emerald in the Smithsonian which is 75 carats. The Mogul Emerald, owned by the dynasty that built the Taj Mahal and now in the collection of the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, is bigger at 217 carats but not as transparent. Here’s where the Imperial Emerald really stands out: it’s remarkably clean for any emerald and for one of this size, staggeringly clear. It is also completely unenhanced. As you might expect for a gem of this magnitude, it has reports from every gemological lab that matters, including the book-form monograph from the Gemological Institute of America, a GemPortrait by Gubelin, and a JewelFolio by AGL. In short, this gem really belongs in a museum, although none will be able to afford it. In fact, it was probably cut from a crystal even better than the Patricia, the 632-carat crystal in the American Museum of Natural History. Maybe a new mogul will buy it and create a legacy by donating it to a great museum collection?