In an astonishing discovery that has captivated the world, the world's largest uncut emerald has been unearthed in Zambia. This magnificent gemstone, weighing in at a staggering 7,525 carats (1.505 kilograms), has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the Chipembele Emerald.
The name Chipembele, which means "rhino" in the local Bemba dialect, is a fitting tribute to the emerald's distinct and striking feature - a prominent "horn" that crowns the gem. This remarkable discovery was made by Indian geologist Manas Banerjee and his team at the Kagem mine, located in Zambia's Copperbelt Province.
The Kagem mine has a long history of producing high-quality emeralds, and the Chipembele Emerald is no exception. It is believed to have been formed under nearly perfect conditions, allowing the elements to crystallize into magnificent hexagonal structures with glassy surfaces.
The Chipembele Emerald is a true marvel of nature, and its discovery is a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty and mysteries of the earth's depths. It is also a reminder of the importance of sustainable mining practices and the need to protect our planet's precious resources.
As a leading retailer of fine jewelry, Rasvihar Jewellery is excited to celebrate the discovery of the Chipembele Emerald. This remarkable gemstone is a reminder of the enduring beauty and value of natural gemstones. We look forward to seeing how this stunning emerald is transformed into exquisite jewelry pieces that will be cherished for generations to come.
Click on the links below to discover more about the Chipembele Emerald and its significance:
Official website of Gemfields, the company that owns the Kagem mine where the Chipembele Emerald was discovered.
Article about the discovery of the Chipembele Emerald in Diamond World magazine.
Website of Eshed Diamonds, the company that is now the custodian of the Chipembele Emerald.
Official website of Guinness World Records, where the Chipembele Emerald is listed as the world's largest uncut emerald.
Official website of The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, India, an organization that promotes the Indian gemstone industry.
Article about the Kagem mine in the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) website.
Article about the history and lore of emeralds on the GIA website.