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Giant Emerald Found in the Urals

12. October 2012 by Lorena 0 Comments


Now this is a jewel that would impress any girl: An emerald weighing 637 grams – that’s almost a pound and a half – was recently discovered in the Ural Mountains. The emerald is the largest found in a decade. It has been named “Jubilee” in honor of the 65th anniversary of the Kaliningrad Amber Factory. It’s of clear and excellent color, and is estimated to be worth several hundred thousand dollars. The largest emerald ever taken out of the mine, called President, weighed over 1200 grams and was valued at $500,000.

 

Emeralds were first discovered in the Ural Mountains in 1831. A Russian peasant named Maxim Stefanovitch Koshevnikov found the region’s first emerald deposit after a storm, among the roots of a fallen tree. The Urals hold the largest deposit of emeralds in the world. In August, 17 pounds of emeralds were mined there each day, but less than one half of one percent of the stones found are suitable for faceting. The area is also home to beryl, alexandrite and demantoid garnet gemstone mines.

 

Emeralds are a type of beryl, which get their distinctive green color from trace amounts of chromium, iron or vanadium. They can range from transparent to opaque. Straight out of the ground, they are shaped as hexagonal rods. Jewelers cut, polish and coat the gems.

 

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