A big emerald weighing 1.1kg (2.5lbs) and price an estimated £2m has been present in a mine in Zambia.
The 5,655-carat gem was named “Inkalamu”, by mining firm Gemfields, which discovered it at Kagem, the world’s largest emerald mine earlier this month.
The identify means lion within the native Bemba language and references the animal conservation work carried out within the space.
Solely the rarest and most outstanding emeralds are given names, Gemfields stated.
The agency, which plans to chop it into smaller items for public sale subsequent month in Singapore, described it as having “outstanding readability and a superbly balanced golden inexperienced hue”.
Gemfields admitted it’s onerous to say what number of particular person gems can be reduce from Inkalamu, however estimates worth it at £2m.
“We count on various massive, fine-quality reduce emeralds to be borne of the Inkalamu crystal,” stated the corporate’s Adrian Banks.
“Given this emerald is such a uncommon discover, it’s also completely conceivable that the customer will select to buy it as an funding,” he added.
Regardless of its huge dimension, Inkalamu just isn’t the largest emerald discovered within the firm’s mines.
In 2010 its miners found a 6,225-carat emerald they named the “elephant”.
For sheer dimension, even that’s no match for the Bahia Emerald, found in Brazil in 2001, which weighs a reported 381kg (840lb)
It included the biggest single shard of emerald ever discovered, described as “the dimensions of a person’s thigh”.
One other extraordinarily massive emerald, whose proprietor Regan Reaney claimed it was the world’s largest, was dismissed as a faux in 2012.
The best emeralds could be price extra per carat than diamonds and most are mined in Zambia, Colombia, and Brazil.