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Smithsonian Emperor Maximilian Ring

(based on 13 reviews)

Was: $85.00 Now: $34.99


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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 Colombian 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.
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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Customer Reviews

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(based on 13 reviews)

January 09, 2018
"The Emerald replica ring actually looks better in real life when being worn than it does in the photo on the webpage. I bought the ring to replace a heirloom of a similar design from the 1930's . Also I purchased this ring because of its superbly timeless Cartier design."
By jaskie
July 17, 2017
"A wonderful addition to my rings esp. to wear when I dress up"
By Ann
July 28, 2015
"My ring did not look like the picture and my band turned...they do not replace after 90 days"
By Yas
San Francisco, CA
March 27, 2015
"There most be different people who set this ring. The version I received did not displayed the "emerald" like picture. It was set too deeply and overwhelmed by the white baguettes. Unless they set the stones like the picture shows, it is not a show ring!"
By KLane
December 15, 2014
"The first ring I purchased was not well done! 2 of the stones fell out within a day of wear and the green stone looked like it had 2 marks on it that werer not part of the stone....I have a desk job so it is not as though I was hard on the ring. I had ordered a second ring to gift to someone, but ended up keeping that one and I will see how well it holds up before I gift it at this time. I have returned the first one and have already received the refund. This second ring I have received is fantastic and I am so glad it is not a "lemon" like the first far. The "emerald" is beautiful, and the "diamond" side bars are nice too, even though they dont shine as pictured - they must have some pretty talented photographers! The ring all in all is gorgeous!"