Some people have nearly everything, but one thing only one person in the world has right now is the world’s largest cut emerald. This huge gemstone named Theodora (God’s gift) weighs in at 57.500 carats, which equals 25 pounds or 11,5 kilo and will be up for auction on January 28.
The origins of the emerald are a bit of a mystery, but we’re told it was mined in Brazil and cut in India. The company that mined it is for now still unknown, ir’s said to be a smaller mining company.
Fifth largest emerald ever found
The finder of this gemstone was extremely lucky, because it’s the fifth largest emerald ever found. Since the emerald is opaque instead of translucent, the owner decided to cut the emerald as a whole. An opaque emerald isn’t ideal for emerald jewellery, but the largest cut emerald does have plenty of bragging rights!
Theodora up for auction
This saturday Theodora will be up for auction in Canada; it will start at the price of 1,15 million dollar but the hopes of the seller soar much higher than that! He expects at least 2 million and believes 2,5 million is plausible.
The authenticity of huge emeralds is often questionable
There’s some concern over the authenticity of the stone. There are miners that aren’t trustworthy and make claims of enormous emeralds that are in fact just smaller emeralds combined. This emerald has undergone many tests though and has been proven to be genuine.
The sheer size and weight of this emerald is definitely impressive, but do you think of it as such or do you find its value inflated?