Largest Cut Emerald In North America Found on North Carolina Farm

Largest Cut Emerald In North America Found on North Carolina Farm

NC emerald photographed by gemologist Cap BeesleyAn emerald so large it’s being compared with the crown jewels of Russian empress Catherine the Great was pulled from a pit near corn rows at a North Carolina farm.

The nearly 65-carat emerald, named the Carolina Emperor, was pulled from a farm once so well known among treasure hunters that the owners charged $3 a day to shovel for small samples of the green stones. After the gem was cut and re-cut, the finished product was about one-fifth the weight of the original find, making it slightly larger than a U.S. quarter and about as heavy as a AA battery and likely worth more than one and a half million dollars.

(READ more of the AP story at CBS News)

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