Guinness World Records identifies largest uncut emerald weighing 3 pounds and resembling a rhino horn

The largest uncut emerald in the world has been identified by Guinness World Records – and it is said to weigh three pounds and look like a rhinoceros horn.

Guinness shared the world record announcement on Wednesday, November 2 on the Records Reference Guide website.

The 7,525-carat emerald, weighing 3 pounds and 5.09 ounces, was found at the Kagem Emerald Mine in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province in July 2021.

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Mining experts named the gem Chipembele.

It is a Bantu word meaning “rhino” in the indigenous Bemba dialect spoken by northeastern Zambians.

The name was chosen because the emerald has a conspicuous horn at its top, according to Guinness World Records.

The Chipembele record emerald from Zambia was named after rhinos because of its horn-like appearance.

The Chipembele record emerald from Zambia was named after rhinos because of its horn-like appearance.
(Guinness World Records)

The Chipembele Emerald was sold to Eshed-Gemstar (Israel), an international diamond and emerald supplier, for an undisclosed sum in November 2021.

Part of the proceeds from the sale were donated to the conservation program of North Luangwa, a Zambian wildlife conservation group that supports the black rhino, Guinness World Records reported.

Eshed-Gemstar submitted the Chipembele emerald for world record review and received verification from Guinness on April 22, 2022.

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Fox News Digital has reached out to Eshed–Gemstar for comment.

The Chipembele emerald was purchased by Eshed-Gemstar (Israel) in November 2021 at an emerald auction.

The Chipembele emerald was purchased by Eshed-Gemstar (Israel) in November 2021 at an emerald auction.
(Guinness World Records)

The Chipembele Emerald’s record is in the uncut category, which means it is a natural gemstone that has not been altered, according to Guinness World Records.

Experts from the Gemological Institute of America reportedly examined the Chipembele Emerald for consistency in composition, shape, dimensions, and mass, and provided a detailed lab report that broke down the chemical analysis of the stone.

“We wanted to do something really special to celebrate our relationship with Africa and African gemstones and there is nothing more fitting than beating the Guinness World Records title for the largest uncut emerald,” said said Avraham Eshed, president of Eshed-Gemstar, in a press release. .

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“We are here to inspire people around the world and introduce them to the exquisite beauty and rarity of natural gemstones – especially natural gemstones from Africa,” he continued.

“We want to pass on our knowledge and love for natural gemstones to future generations.”

The Chipembele Emerald was mined from the Kagem Emerald Mine in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia.  The mine is owned by specialist miner Gemfields in partnership with the Zambian government.

The Chipembele Emerald was mined from the Kagem Emerald Mine in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. The mine is owned by specialist miner Gemfields in partnership with the Zambian government.
(Guinness World Records)

The site where the Chipembele Emerald was found – Kagem Emerald Mine – is known for producing giant colored gemstones.

A 5,655-carat (2-pound, 7.89-ounce) emerald called “Inkalamu,” which means lion, was found in 2018, according to Guinness World Records.

Eight years prior, a 6,225-carat (2 pound, 11.92 ounce) emerald called “Insofu”, which means elephant, was found.

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The Kagem Emerald mine is owned by Gemfields, a miner specializing in the extraction of emeralds, in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia, a government agency focused on creating jobs and expanding the country’s industrial growth .

Gemfields also mines rubies in Mozambique at its Montepuez ruby ​​mine in the province of Cabo Delgado.

The Gemological Institute of America reports that the estimated value of emeralds and rubies depends on quality – and can range from a few dollars to tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars per carat.

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To learn more about the Guinness World Records Chipembele record emerald, visit the record holder’s website at guinnessworldrecords.com.

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