Inkalamu: The World’s Newest Large Emerald

In Zambia, a “remarkable clarity and a perfectly balanced golden green hue”, 5,655-carat emerald was discovered in early October. This rarity was unearthed at the Kagen mine, the world’s largest emerald mine. The emerald was discovered in the eastern part of Kagem’s largest open-pit mine on October 2 by geologist Debapriya Rakshit and veteran emerald […]

Beautiful Ethiopian Emeralds

There has been a trickle of emeralds from Ethiopia for decades, but a new find in 2016 has created quite a stir in the gem trade. Learn about the quality, source area, and gemology of this deposit and how pricing of Ethiopian emeralds compares to those from other sources. Quality of Ethiopian Emeralds As with […]

Emerald Mining in Colombia

There has been more activity in emerald mining in Colombia in the last few years than at any other time in the four centuries since the Spanish first discovered the deposits. The past, however, has yielded many fabulous gems, the most famous of which are also described here and placed in historical perspective. Few gemstones […]

Smithsonian’s 75-Carat Hooker Emerald Was Once Mounted Into a Sultan’s Belt Buckle

One of the world’s most spectacular examples of May’s official birthstone is the 75.47-carat Hooker Emerald, an historic gem that was once mounted into the belt buckle of an Ottoman sultan. Today, it is beautifully displayed in a platinum brooch adorned with 109 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately 13 carats. When Janet Annenberg Hooker donated the piece […]

The 37.8-Carat ‘Chalk Emerald’ Will Take Your Breath Away

Exhibiting the most highly prized velvety deep green color, the 37.82-carat Chalk Emerald is displayed near the Hope Diamond in the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The gem was sourced in the famous emerald-mining area near Muzo, Colombia — a destination widely known as the world […]

The Gachala Emerald

Weighing in at 858 carats and displaying a superb vivid green color, the uncut “Gachala Emerald” is one of the world’s finest examples of May’s official birthstone. The hexagonal crystal was found at the Vega de San Juan mine in Gachala, Colombia, in 1967, and sold to famous New York jeweler Harry Winston, who chose […]

Emerald and Gold Treasures of the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha

On September 4, 1622 the Tierra Firme flota of twenty-eight ships left Havana bound for Spain. With it was carried the wealth of an empire; Silver from Peru and Mexico, gold and emeralds from Colombia, pearls from Venezuela. Each ship carried its crew, soldiers, passengers, and all the necessary materials and provisions for a successful […]

A Storied History: Emeralds

Emerald’s lush green has soothed souls and excited imaginations since antiquity. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus.” Rome’s Pliny the Elder described emerald in his Natural History, published in the first century AD: “…nothing greens greener” was his verdict. He described the use of emerald by early lapidaries, who “have […]

What Emeralds Can Do For You

As with most precious and semi-precious gemstones, it’s believed that they each possess the ability to bring emotions, luck, health and other things into our lives. Emerald is known as the “stone of successful love”.  It brings loyalty and provides for domestic bliss.  It enhances unconditional love, unity and promotes friendship.  Keeps partnerships in balance […]

The Guinness Emerald

The Guinness Emerald Crystal discovered in the Coscuez emerald mines is one of the largest gem-quality emerald crystals in the world and is the largest emerald crystal in the collection of emeralds belonging to the Banco Nacionale de la Republica in Bogota, the capital city of Colombia. The origin of the name Guinness is not […]