The New York-based auction house Guernsey’s will be offering a unique collection of emeralds on April 25, 2017.
The Marcial de Gomar Emerald Collection, which will go up for auction includes 20 loose emeralds – both rough and polished – and 13 pieces of eye-catching emerald jewellery. What adds to the romance of the collection is the story of how it was built up. “These spectacular emeralds were collected by Manuel Marcial de Gomar over a 62 year long career spent both in the United States and in the jungles of Colombia, where he started at the Chivor mines as an interpreter for Russ Anderton and then proceeded to independently mine the Guavio, Gachalá, Somondoco, Boyacá and Muzo regions on horseback, widely known for producing the world's finest emeralds,” Guernsey’s says on its website.
What is even more interesting, is that Marcial de Gomar’s “firsthand knowledge and experience with rare emeralds” includes those of “shipwreck origin”. He is a well-known author, lecturer and consultant.
The collection to be auctioned represents Marcial de Gomar’s “lifelong personal collection”, says the auction house. It includes the 887-carat La Gloria, which is designated as “one of the largest museum-quality emeralds in the world”; the Marcial de Gomar Star which is said to be “the largest recorded star emerald (among only eleven in the world, according to experts) and perhaps the first of its kind as a double-sided star emerald”; and the Tears of Fura which is “an impressive matched pair of extremely large teardrop-shaped Muzo emeralds”. Guernsey adds: “Importantly, the Collection also includes the largest assemblage of cut emeralds from the famed Nuestra Señora de Atocha sunken galleon and, among these, the single largest cut emerald recovered from that ship, considered the most important wreck site yet discovered.”
The auction which is slated to take place at the Americas Society at 680 Park Avenue, NY, can also be participated in through online bidding at www.liveauctioneers.com.