A pair of 25.38 and 23.12 cts cushion-shaped Colombian emerald ear pendants set a world record at Christie's Autumn Hong Kong sale at US$83,000 per ct., realizing a total of $4,036,318 from a private Asian buyer.
The stones, known as The Stars of Colombia (see image), with their remarkably large size - 25.38 and 23.12 carats - high clarity, refined cutting and superior color, are a pair of unparalleled rarity. These cushion-shaped gems, each boasting a verdant green, are untreated, making them extraordinary, and the purity they exhibit is not often encountered in the market today. Indeed, a single Colombian emerald of this quality is rare. To have its equal in quality and color to match so well in size and shape is virtually unheard of.
Some of the finest emeralds in the world originate in Colombia which are especially prized for their intensity and depth of color - a particularly rich grass-green with a medium-dark tone.
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