An entwined ribbon of delicate diamonds leads the eye to a beautiful round emerald center stone. Setting: 18K W Lab: C.Dunaigre Color Weight: 4.35 ct. of Emerald Diamond Weight: 1.88 ct. of Diamonds Emerald and Diamond Ring
An elegant and whimsical approach to the pendant necklace has been achieved here by a master craftsman who obviously developed this concept in their dreams. The necklace would be a great accessory to any dinner or cocktail dress infused with green. A pear cut natural emerald weighing about 1.00 carat is bezel set in a dangling halo pendant at the center of this vintage 1960s piece. The emerald does have natural visible inclusions which only adds to its earthy charm as it also displays the most vibrant medium-dark green hue which is further embellished by the halo of round brilliant diamond’s around it. There are no chips to the surface of the emerald. Waves of white gold encrusted with diamonds echo from the dangly pendant. The corners are all accented with emeralds which there are 5 total round cut emeralds in 4-prong settings that matched the center pear cut emerald perfectly in color. The total diamond weight is about 1.60 carats and the average color grade is H-I and the clarity grade is SI1-SI2. The mounting emeralds weigh about .40 carats total. This is a lovely and unique piece is in spectacular condition. The necklace measures 20” in length while the pendant measures 2 1/4” in length. The halo pear pendant drop length measures about 1” from the round emerald at the top to the bottom of the halo of diamonds.
Limited amounts of emeralds are mined in the United States. North Carolina has been a sporadic producer of emeralds in small quantities from a few tiny mines since the late 1800s. The Crabtree Emerald Mine was once operated by Tiffany and Company and a series of property owners between 1894 and the 1990s. Many fine clear emeralds were produced, and tons of emerald-bearing pegmatite was sold as “emerald matrix” for slabbing and cabochon cutting. The cabochons displayed emerald and tourmaline prisms in a white matrix of quartz and feldspar.
Today, North American Emerald Mines operates a small mine near Hiddenite, North Carolina. Between 1995 and 2010, over 20,000 carats of emeralds had been produced, including a six-inch-long, 1,869-carat crystal that is now in the Houston Museum of Natural Science and valued at $3.5 million. A crushed stone quarry on the same property is operated with an eye open for signs of the hydro-thermal veins and pockets that sometimes contain emerald. It is one of the only gemstone mines in the world that sells the country rock. The Emerald Hollow Mine is the only emerald mine in the United States open to the public for prospecting. Nestled snugly in the foothills of the beautiful Brushy Mountains, this North Carolina Emerald mine is located in the small town of Hiddenite, North Carolina. This locality is recognized as one of the most unique and interesting geological locations on the North American continent.
One of the unique experiences available to the visitor to Emerald Village is the opportunity to prospect and dig for emeralds in the dumps at the Crabtree Emerald Mine. This mine produced emeralds from 1895 (including for the Tiffany Company of New York) until the mine closed in the 1990s. The actual mine shaft went underground several hundred feet and lies flooded under a small pond.
This is a beautiful custom-cut emerald in matrix mounted in a pendant. Emerald is the birthstone for May and the official state gemstone for North Carolina. In all of the United States there are only two locations that have been mined commercially for emeralds, both in North Carolina. This stone is from one of them, the famous Crabtree Emerald Mine near Little Switzerland, NC. This mine opened in 1895 and was mined by Tiffany’s in the early 20th century. Now abandoned and closed, no emeralds have been mined at this mine in decades. This beautiful gemstone was cut from rough mined many years ago and hidden away. As is typical, the green emeralds are small and embedded in a matrix of white quartz, feldspar and mica, which creates a pretty contrast between green and white. This stone measures 25 x 18 mm and is mounted in a sterling silver pendant. Also included is a 20 inch sterling silver heavy rope chain. It is uncertain if emeralds will ever be mined at this famous location again. Here’s your chance to own a rare gemstone from a historical mine.
This spectacular pendant is over 52 carats of emerald with a small amount of matrix, with some of the best quality emerald, deepest and clearest in color, you will ever see, at any time, in any piece, anywhere. Quite a statement! The more expensive gold filled wire has been used to wrap it up securely in a permanent heirloom piece. The center emerald is huge! This was mined at the now closed Crabtree Emerald Mine in Spruce Pine, NC, so its value will only go UP over time. This is an absolutely one of a kind emerald pendant. Some of the emerald in it is the type that sells for over ten-thousand dollars a carat, with on average only two carats of such material being mined in all the emerald mines in the world per year.
This one of a kind hand cut emerald matrix consist of North Carolina Emerald, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz and Feldspar. Mined prior to 1994 in Mitchell Co. Weighs in at 100.5 cts. Mounted in USA Sterling Silver and measures 30×40. Cabochon is cut by Mike. This one of a kind hand cut emerald matrix from the Crabtree mine consist of North Carolina Emerald, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz and Feldspar. Mined prior to 1994 in Mitchell Co. Weighs in at 100.5 cts. Mounted in USA Sterling Silver and measures 30×40. Cabochon is cut by Mike Jaynes, owner of Linville Mountain Gem Shop in Marion, NC. Over 25 years experience.
Jamie Hill thought he found a new way to make money by opening up his aging emerald mine to amateurs at $25 a head, and watched as a pair of couples quickly came away with tens of thousands of dollars worth of gems. Libby and Kevin Barrieault were the first to strike gold – or emerald – on a group trip to the North American Emerald Mine in Hiddenite, N.C. The next day, Terry Lofgren and her fiance John Kehoe found a pocket of emerald crystals. Hill, known in the area as the “emerald man,” insisted today that he has no regrets.