Check out this 5,655-carat emerald they just found in Zambia
Gemfields, a gemstone mining company that practices responsible sourcing, dug up an absolutely massive emerald this month.
At almost 2.5 pounds, it is the size of a man's hand. At 5,655 carats, it is the second-largest emerald unearthed by Gemfields.
Gemfields said in a statement that the emerald has "remarkable clarity and a perfectly balanced golden green hue." It was found on October 2, and Gemfields announced the news October 29. The mine in which this Big Boy was found is located in Zambia, and the precious gemstones within it were formed more than 450 million years ago.
In a nod to carnivore conservation efforts in the area, Gemfields named the emerald "Inkalamu," which translates to "lion" in the local Bemba language. Inkalamu will go up for auction in Singapore in November, where a select group will bid on it.