During the rule of Nero, one of the Roman Empire's most coveted treasures wasn't diamonds, gold or emeralds. It was fluorite, a rare mineral that was carved into ornate drinking vessels called vasa murrina, crafted exclusively for the Empire's wealthy and powerful elite. Emperor Nero himself once paid the modern equivalent of $3.3 million for a single cup. Few vessels survived over time because of the fragility of the mineral. To get a closer look at the rare fluorite masterpieces that did make it, you'll have to visit them in Windsor Castle, the Vatican or the White House.
When we selected fluorite as the centerpiece of our Empire Necklace, it was the shimmering pale green hue that caught our eye. Learning that the gorgeous gem was at the top of Ancient Rome's luxury wish-list comes as an added bonus. Our Empire Fluorite Necklace features a faceted 19 carat oval of smoky green fluorite. The light dances across the transparent stone like sunlight shimmering on the Mediterranean. Your gem is prong-set atop a starburst wreath of white, lab-created DiamondAura® set in 14K gold-layered sterling silver. Each brilliant-cut round twinkles like a spotlight, drawing all eyes toward the glittering center. The magnificent pendant dangles from an 18" gold-layered cable chain (with 2" extender) and fastens with a spring-ring clasp.
Pliny, Ancient Rome's legendary natural historian, called fluorite his "most precious substance." For centuries, the most powerful leaders on the planet found it hard to resist. Even Nero would drink to that!