Filed under: Jewelry
Gemfields has officially announced the discovery of an absolutely enormous rough emerald earlier this month in their Kagem mine in Zambia. The emerald has been named "Insofu," which means 'elephant,' by the indigenous Bemba people to both honor its size and pay tribute to the World Land Trust's "Wild Lands Elephant Corridor Project." The emerald weighs in at 6,225 carats and is currently under the scrutiny of experts to determine its value and evaluate what possible futures it might have. Although it has rich color and good translucency the biotite shell is making it difficult to see deep into the emerald's core, but so far all estimates point to the potential for several cut gems of great size.