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  • 12 May 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Christie's Jewels Presents The Rockefeller Emerald 

Magnificent Jewels and The Rockefeller Emerald Live Auction June 20th New York Sale Highlight 


Set with an octagonal step-cut emerald of approximately 18.04 carats
Estimate: $4,000,000-6,000,000

New York – Christie’s New York proudly announces The Rockefeller Emerald highlighting its June 20th Magnificent Jewels New York auction. Sold on behalf of a private American Collector, this historically important gemstone is among the finest emeralds to be offered for sale at auction (Estimate: $4,000,000 – $6,000,000).

This stunning emerald was acquired in 1930 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. as the centerpiece of a brooch given to his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Upon her death in 1948 the 18.04 carat emerald was bequeathed to their youngest son, David Rockefeller. Honoring the trusted relationship formed by his father, David Rockefeller called upon Raymond Yard to design a setting that would perfectly highlight the superior quality and beauty of what had become a family gemstone. Mr. Yard successfully executed one of his most important private commissions. This stunning stone later passed from the Rockefeller family into private ownership and is being offered on behalf of An Important American Collector, who acquired it over a decade ago, and still maintains the same magnificent setting nearly seventy years later.

Tom Burstein, Head of US Jewelry: “The Rockefeller Emerald is one of the best gemstones to ever be offered at auction and its superior beauty and quality are matched only by its historic name. Christie’s is especially proud to be offering this Raymond Yard ring in the heart of Rockefeller Center, in our New York Saleroom.”

Further June 20th Magnificent Jewels sale details and property highlights to come.

Magnificent Jewels & the Rockefeller Emerald

20 Jun

20 Rockefeller Center, New York, NY, 10020

  • Auction

    20 Jun, 10am (Lots 1 - 126)

    20 Jun, 2pm (Lots 127 - 273)

  • Viewing

    New York

    16 Jun, 10am - 6pm

    17 Jun, 10am - 6pm

    18 Jun, 1pm - 6pm

    19 Jun, 10am - 5pm

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2017 that totalled £5.1 billion / $6.6 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.