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
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.