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A pair of Colombian emerald and diamond ‘Lotus’ earrings, by BulgariPrice Realized: CHF797,000 ($825,148). Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd 2014.

Each pendant centering upon a circular-cut emerald, weighing approximately 11.56 and 11.37 carats, to the baguette and brilliant-cut diamond stylized lotus flower surround and top, mounted in gold, 3.2 cm, in black leather Bulgari case. Signed and with maker’s mark for Bulgari.

Accompanied by report no. 55406 dated 27 January 2010 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that both emeralds are of Colombian origin, the 11.56 carat emerald with indications of moderate amount of oil and the 11.37 carat emearld with indications of minor amount of oil 

Literature: A. Triossi, Bulgari 125 years of Italian Magnificence, Grand Palais exhibition (Paris), December 2010 – January 2011, p. 235

Exhibited: Bulgari 125 years of Italian Magnificence, Grand Palais – Paris, December 2010 – January 2011