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Since ancient Egyptian times, emeralds have stolen the eyes of the most exclusive tastes like Cleopatra's. Emeralds are unique, beautiful and very rare.

Emeralds are unique, beautiful and very scarce, that is why they are so special. Colombians are fortunate to be the cradle of the best emeralds in the world and that is why we can proudly say that we hold several records.

In this article we will show you the 5 most valued emeralds in the world, where Colombian emeralds are present:


1. The Rockefeller Emerald

La esmeralda Rockefeller
Rockerfeller Emerald- Image credits (

This emerald is truly one of the most important milestones in the world of gemstones. The Rockefeller emerald was offered by Christie's which is one of the most important auction houses worldwide and where multi-million dollar sales have been made. In the summer of 2017 this beautiful stone was acquired by Harry, which is valued at $5.5 million.

One of the most impressive aspects of this stone is that it reached the highest value of an emerald per carat. After being acquired by Rockefeller it was christened the Rockefeller-Winston emerald.

But... Why was given this name ?

This beautiful stone belonged to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. She received a gift from her husband John D. Rockefeller, Jr. After Abby passed away, her husband had the brooch dismantled and the central emerald was given to Raymond Yard to be mounted in a ring.

2. Elizabeth Taylor's Emerald Brooch

Broche de esmeraldas de Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor's Emerald Brooch - Image © BULGARI

Elizabeth Taylor's brooch was a wedding gift from her husband Burton who claims that Elizabeth only knew one word in Italian and that was "Bulgari".

During the filming of Cleopatra he went to the Bulgari boutique in Rome and acquired this great jewel which was sold for $6.1 million in 2011.

This jewel remains to this day the most expensive single stone jewel in the world. It was sold at The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor: The Legendary Jewels Evening Sale at Christie's in New York in December 2011

3. The Taj Mahal Emerald

La esmeralda del Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal Emerald . 1630-1650. Photo: Christie´s Images Ltd. 2019

The June 2019 Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence auction offered a unique group of jewelry and objects from the Al Thani collection.

The 2019 June Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence auction offered jewelry and objects from the Al Thani collection. One of the most striking and special jewels from that collection was The Taj Mahal emerald unique for its natural beauty.

This emerald is 141.13 carats and is from Colombia. It was sold for 1.8 million dollars.

4. Princess Faiza's emerald and diamond necklace.

Collar de esmeraldas y diamantes de la princesa Faiza
Created for Princess Faiza in Egypt VC&A

This emerald and diamond necklace sold for $3.8 million francs in 2013.

This jewel is perfectly complemented by the diamonds that surround it and no doubt by the spectacular emeralds that make this jewel have a stunning magic.

The necklace was acquired in Paris by Princess Faiza in 1947, then sold in 2013.

5. Grand Muzo Emeralds

Esmeraldas Grand Muzo
Photo: Christie´s Images Ltd. (

The most particular and expensive emeralds are extracted from Muzo in the beautiful Andes Mountains in Colombia. From this beautiful place come the emeralds named Grand Muzos.

These beautiful stones embedded in a set of earrings at Christie's were sold for $4.2 million the first time they were presented and the second time they were sold in 2019 for $4.5 million. Their corresponding weights are 23.34 and 23.18 carats. The two stones are characterized by their intense green color.

In Conclusion

This has been the top 5 list of the most expensive emeralds in the world, where Colombian emeralds are the protagonists.

At GMC Emerald Vein we have jewelry with Colombian Emeralds of the highest quality, discover them by visiting our store.

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