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Rare Emerald Mined In Zambia Measures In At A Whopping 5,655 Carats

Sure, the emerald recently discovered in Zambia would make a sparkly addition to any necklace or engagement ring. The thing is, it might get heavy after a while. This rare find weighs 1.1 kilograms and 5,655 karats.

Don’t Be Fooled By The Rocks That I Got

Geologist Debapriya Rakshit and emerald miner Richard Kapeta unearthed the giant emerald on October 2nd in a Gemfield mine. They named it “Inkalamu,” which translates as “lion” in the language of Bemba spoken in Northern areas of Zambia.

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Although this rock is enormous, it’s actually not the biggest emerald discovered in Zambia. In 2010, miners uncovered an emerald nicknamed “The Elephant,” topping off the scales at 6,225 karats. Elephantine indeed.

A Lion’s Share Of Value

The lion emerald sure has roaring appeal. In a statement from Gemfields, the mining company where the emerald was found, geologists describe the stone as boasting “remarkable clarity and a perfectly balanced golden green hue.”


If you were imagining how Inkalamu might work with aspects of your wardrobe, think smaller. The emerald will be cut into smaller pieces and then will go to auction in November in Singapore. A percentage of the sales will be donated to Zambian Carnivore Programme and Niassa Carnivore Project, two organizations devoted to preservation of Zambian wildlife.

Precious Finds In Zambia

The presence of emeralds in Zambian soil has been a boon to the economy. Emeralds are actually more rare than diamonds, which drives up the demand for these green beauties. You can mostly find them in Zambia, Brazil, and Columbia. Similarly, the quality and clarity of Zambian emeralds is unique. They’ve got a rich color unlike emeralds found elsewhere.

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So if you score an emerald from Zambia, even it’s a paltry couple of karats compared to this colossal rock, it’s more than enough to make others green with envy.

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