Largest emerald discovered in Zambia, to go under the hammer soon

'Rhino' emerald discovered.(photo:IANSLIFE)
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New Delhi: Gemfields, the leading gem supplier in the world headquartered in London, has introduced 'Chipembele', the latest and largest significant gemstone discovered at the Kagem emerald mine in Zambia.

Weighing 7,525 carats (1,505g), Chipembele - means 'rhino' in the local indigenous dialect of Bemba.

The discovery of Chipembele follows Insofu ('Elephant' in Bemba) discovered in 2010 and Inkalamu (lion) discovered in 2018, all of which were formed at Kagem, the world's single largest emerald producing mine, owned by Gemfields in partnership with the Zambian government's Industrial Development Corporation.

Chipembele is due to be sold at the next Gemfields emerald auction, with viewing expected to take place from November 2021, and a share of the proceeds of the sale will support the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, to aid critical black rhinoceros conservation efforts.

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