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A gem like this historic 141 carats historic emerald carved with flowers could be a perfect gem to be associated with a project supporting conservation in Colombia. This emerald dates back to the 16th century when the Spanish discovered the mines of Chivor in Colombia and started the trade with Europe and the Portuguese with Asia. This stone travelled first from Colombia to Sevilla (Spain), and then to Goa in India, where it was acquired by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan who had it carved by the royal artisans in Jaipur. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that the gem would travel back to Europe when it was brought to Paris by an Indian prince to have it remounted in the modern style of the time. In 1925, Cartier presented this magnificent carved emerald at the Exposition des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. “It was set as the central jewel of a necklace to be worn in a style never seen before”. Photo: Courtesy of Cartier (Paris)