Rare Glasses With Emerald Lenses Are Up for Sale at Sotheby’s
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Sotheby’s Will Auction Glasses Made of Diamonds and Emeralds From the Time of the Mughals

Sotheby’s Will Auction Glasses Made of Diamonds and Emeralds

Auction house Sotheby’s put up for auction glasses with lenses made of diamonds and emeralds. Presumably, they belong to the era of the Great Mughal dynasty, which ruled in the XVI-XVII centuries.

The diamonds for one pair of lenses were found in southern India. Moreover, both lenses were carved from a solid diamond of 200 carats. The second pair of lenses is made from Colombian emerald- also from a solid stone of about 300 carats. As it is indicated in the description of the lot, such large gems were tried not to be divided into parts at that time. Moreover, the lenses were made in the 17th century, and the frame was decorated with diamonds in the 19th century.

Glasses From the Time of the Mughals

The auction is scheduled for October 27 in London, but before the auction, the glasses will be shown at exhibitions in London and Hong Kong. The starting price will be 2-3.4 million dollars for each glasses.

Spectacles with emerald lenses were a magical attribute. With their help, the rulers could see paradise. With glasses, the world around was painted green. It was also believed that with their help you can achieve enlightenment.

According to Sotheby’s experts, it may have been the largest diamond ever found. The jewelers made the finest lenses without damaging them, polished and put them in a gold frame.

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