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The Carolina Emperor 65-carat emerald


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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina farm has yielded an emerald
that may be the biggest ever uncovered in North America.

The 65-carat emerald nicknamed the Carolina Emperor was pulled from
a farm in the rural community of Hiddenite, about 50 miles northwest
of Charlotte.

American Gem Trade Association CEO Douglas Hucker said Monday an
emerald that big may be a record. He says its sale price will depend
on its clarity, color and cut.

A respected New York gemologist who examined the emerald says it’s
the largest cut found in North America.

Gemologist C.R. ‘‘Cap’’ Beesley compares the stone to an emerald set
in a brooch once owned by Empress Catherine the Great of Russia. The
brooch sold at auction in April for $1.65 million.

Marly


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American Gem Trade Association CEO Douglas Hucker said Monday an
emerald that big may be a record. He says its sale price will
depend on its clarity, color and cut. A respected New York
gemologist who examined the emerald says it's the largest cut found
in North America. 

I do not want to argue with CEO of Gem Trade Association and
respected New York gemologist, but according to Sinkankas, in 1882,
74 emerald crystals were extracted from one cavity, in the same area.
The largest emerald was 212 mm in length and weighted 255 grams,
which is 1275 carats.

Leonid Surpin
www.studioarete.com