"1909" is a new collection of jewelry, inspired by antiques and handmade in NYC.
For the past 4000 years, emeralds have been considered to be precious, powerful, healing stones. Aristotle wrote that owning an emerald increases the owner’s importance in presence and speech during business, gives victory in trials, helps settle litigation, and comforts and soothes eyesight. The ancient Egyptians believed the emerald stood for fertility and rebirth, and Cleopatra was a huge fan: her private emerald mine in upper Egypt was just re-discovered 100 years ago. In Ancient Rome, Nero supposedly watched gladiator fights through a large transparent emerald as he found the color to be calming. In some legends of King Arthur, the Holy Grail is described as being fashioned from an emerald. In the Middle Ages, emeralds were believed to reveal what was true or false and was said to be a sure antidote for enchantments and spells. Even more magically, emeralds were said to enable people to foretell the future if they were put on the tongue or worn on the left side of the body. Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jaqueline Bouvier wore some of the 20th Century's most fabulous emeralds.
These Brazilian emeralds are in their natural state, unpolished and irregularly shaped. We carefully match two stones similar in size, shape, and color, and then hand-set them in a 14K yellow gold, four-pronged mounting. Posts and backs are also 14K gold. Will they be your talisman? Keep this in mind: it was once believed that an emerald would change hues to alert the wearer to impending danger. Keep a close watch on yours and you can ditch your overpriced health insurance plan.