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New York: Sotheby’s Auctions an Ancient Pair of Glasses with Emerald Lenses

The "Gate of Paradise" lenses are believed to have been cut from a 300-carat Colombian emerald
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In October, Sotheby’s New York will auction two pairs of ancient jewel-encrusted glasses – one pair has emerald lenses, the other has diamonds, IDEX Online reports. Both pairs are estimated to sell for $2.1 million to $3.5 million.


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The glasses are “believed to have belonged to members of the Mughal Empire, which ruled over the Indian subcontinent during the 17th century.” The lenses of the “Gate of Paradise” are believed to have been cut from a 300-carat Colombian emerald.


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The lenses in the “Halo of Light” spectacles are believed to have come “from a single 200-carat diamond found in the famed Golconda region.” Edward Gibbs, chairman of Sotheby’s Middle East and India, said in an interview to CNN quoted by IDEX Online that “as far as we know, there are no others like them. Cutting the lenses would have required “extraordinary technical skill and scientific mastery.”

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