Smithsonian Emperor Maximilian Ring
Flaunt the Emperor’s Emerald. This adaptation of our Smithsonian Emperor Maximilian Ring features a silver-toned band and cubic zirconia. Assembled in the USA. The stone is 14x10mm oval shape, which would be the equivalent, if a real Emerald, of approximately 5.50 carats. Once set in a ring of Maximilian I (crowned emperor of Mexico in 1864), the stunning 21-carat Columbian emerald was later reset in a Cartier, Inc. design with six baguette-cut diamonds. The original was donated to the Smithsonian in 1964 by Marjorie Merriweather Post. Sizes 5-9.
Gems accumulate history. The very stone that once adorned a king or queen might today be set in someone’s cocktail ring. (The history of the Hope Diamond includes a stint in the French Crown Jewels, a daring theft, two recuttings, and purchase by an English king.) The astonishing replica collections presented on these next pages—a mere sampling of the extraordinary holdings in our National Museum of Natural History’s National Gem Collection—let you dazzle in their reflected glory.
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