Lion’s Share

India Today - - HOTSHEET - For more in­for­ma­tion www.gem­ COM­PILED BY JAHNAVI CHAKRAVART­Y

Some­times, Mother Earth throws up the most mirac­u­lous of dis­cov­er­ies that make you step back, take a deep breath and sim­ply mar­vel at the sheer abun­dance. This 5,655-carat Zam­bian emer­ald dis­cov­ered at Kagem by Gem­fields in Oc­to­ber is a rare and ex­cep­tional find. Chris­tened ‘Inkalamu’ or the Lion Emer­ald in hon­our of the work car­ried out by Gem­fields’ con­ser­va­tion part­ners the Zam­bian Car­ni­vore Pro­gramme and the Ni­assa Car­ni­vore Project, the emer­ald will be of­fered for sale at Gem­fields’ emer­ald auc­tion in Sin­ga­pore in Novem­ber. The nam­ing of un­cut emer­alds is a tra­di­tion re­served for the rarest and most re­mark­able gems. While no of­fi­cial records ex­ist, per­haps two dozen have mer­ited their own name and with the ma­jor­ity weigh­ing less than 1,000 carats. Gem­fields last named an emer­ald in 2010 when it un­veiled the ‘In­sofu’ or ‘ele­phant’ emer­ald.

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