The world’s largest uncut diamond weighing 7,525 carats (1,505 kg/3 lbs and 5.09 oz) was unearthed in Zambia and has since gone into the books. Discovered by geologists Manas Banerjee and Richard Kapeta and their team in July 2021, the emerald was traced from the Kagem mine located in Zambia’s Copperbelt province. Guinness World Records.
With the ‘horn’ on top of the emerald, it has been named Chipembele which means rhino in the local dialect. native dialect of the Bemba people of Zambia.
Previously, two giant emeralds were also found at the same site – Insofu, or “elephant”, discovered in 2010 and Inkalamu, or “lion”, found in 2018. While Insofu weighs in at 6,225 carats (1,245 kg/2 lbs and 11.92 oz), Inkalamu comes in third with 5,655 carats (1,131 kg/2 lbs and 7.89 oz), not quite rivaling the size of the Chipembele.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, all of these colossal gems were found at Kagem, an emerald mine owned by Gemfields in partnership with the Zambian government’s Industrial Development Corporation.
Guinness The website reports that “Chipembele forms under near-perfect conditions, allowing the combination of elements to crystallize into large hexagonal crystal structures, distinct from the glass surface”.
Chipembele was acquired in November 2021 at Gemfields’ high quality emerald auction with a portion of the sale being donated to the North Luangwa Conservation Program in Zambia, which supports conversation efforts with the black rhino. .
It has been verified by Guinness on April 22, 2022.
“We wanted to do something really special to celebrate our relationship with Africa and African gems and there is nothing more fitting than breaking the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the great emerald. most uncut. We are here to inspire people all over the world and introduce them to the exquisite beauty and rarity of natural gemstones – especially natural gemstones from Africa. We want to pass on our knowledge and love for natural gemstones to future generations.” – Avraham Eshed, President of Eshed- Gemstar told the website.