The largest green stone producer in the world has discovered a crystal-like emerald of 5.655 carats in its mines in Zambia.
The emerald is called "Inkalamu", meaning "lion" in the local language of Zambia Bemba. It will be cut into smaller pieces and will be auctioned in Singapore in November.
The 5,655-carat Lion Emerald Credit: Gemfields
It has "remarkable clarity and a perfectly balanced golden green tint," the statement said.
The stone was found in an open mine on October 2, by the geologist Debapriya Rakshit and the emerald coal miner Richard Kapeta.
Elena Basaglia, a Gemfields gemologist, said there was growing interest in Zambian emeralds, particularly from dealers in Europe.
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"We are experiencing an impressively increased demand for high quality emerald ham of the largest brands, especially in Europe, which all admire the rich color and unique transparency of our gems – properties that make them unique among the emeralds," said Basaglia.