Chipembele is the world’s largest emerald weighing 1.5 kg mined in Zambia

Chipembele means Rhino is the local Bantu language in Zambia. 

Surat (Gujarat) [India], November 16: Not many in India would be familiar with ‘Chipembele’. It is a word in Bemba, the most spoken indigenous Bantu language, and lingua franca in Zambia, which means Rhino. Now, the world’s largest emerald, weighing 7,525 carats or 1,505 grams recovered in Zambia, has also been named Chipembele.

Chipembele, the world’s largest gemstone was recovered from the Kagem mine in Zambia by the London-based miner Gemfields. It is the largest emerald ever found at the Kagem mine, which trumps Insofu, found at the same mine in 2018 at 6,225 carats, and Inkalamu, found in 2010 at 5,655 carats.

Gemfields, in a statement, said, “Chipembele formed under near perfect conditions, allowing the combination of the elements to crystalize into large, distinct hexagonal crystal structures with glassy surfaces.”

“This remarkable gem is due to be sold at the next Gemfields emerald auction. The winning bidder for Chipembele will be given the option of a unique DNA nano-tag identity, developed by Gübelin, ensuring that the cut and polished gems that it yields can be identified and certified as having originated from this extraordinary gemstone” added Gemfields.