These are a pair of antique emerald bangles. Yes, you read this right – BANGLES! How cool are these? They sold for $1,758,362 at the Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale held on May 13th in Geneva. See the description from the catalog below.
A SUPERB PAIR OF ANTIQUE EMERALD BANGLES
Each set with twenty-three graduated rectangular-cut emeralds, in a raised openwork scrolling gold mount, 1900s, India, inner circumference 16.2 cm, each in a red leather fitted case bearing the initial ‘B.’
Accompanied by report no. 79094 dated 18 March 2015 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the 46 emeralds are of Colombian origin, with indications of none to moderate amount of oil, and an Appendix letter for the ‘Exceptional Pair of Emerald Bangles’ stating that ‘The pair of emerald bangles is exceptional not only due to the matching quality of their colour and quality, but also based on the provide information, due to the fact that they have remained in pristine original condition for over one hundred years.’
This is the third time they have been sold by Christie’s at auction. The first time was in Geneva 1989 and the second time was in New York in 2005.
I love these, one for each arm!