Hooker Emerald

EmeraldThe Hooker Emerald is well-known for its exceptional quality for an emerald of its size. Weighing in at 75.47 carats, it has a prized vivid green hue, good transparency, and is relatively free of inclusions – something very rare for emeralds as a whole.

Its origins trace back to the 16th century, where it was extracted from an unidentified mine in Colombia. The rough stone was sent to Europe to be cut and polished, and thereafter sold to the ruling family of the Ottoman Empire. It was included in the Ottoman crown jewels during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II, the last Ottoman Sultan to rule with absolute power.

It eventually found its way to an auction overseas due to uncertainty over political turmoil. The winning bid for the Hooker emerald came from Tiffany & Co., who set the emerald first in a tiara and subsequently sold it to Janet Anneberg Hooker, a philanthropic heiress and the emerald’s namesake. In 1977, she donated the Hooker Emerald (now set in a brooch) to the Smithsonian Institution. Since then, it has been on display at the National Museum of Natural History.

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