NC emerald photographed by gemologist Cap Beesley“An 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.”

“After the gem was cut and re-cut, the finished product was likely worth more than one and a half million dollars.”

(READ the AP story at CBS News) –Photo courtesy of gemologist “Cap” Beesley

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