|The largest emerald in the world - called 'Fura' - of 11,000-karat
Emeralds are green precious gemstones that are mined in various geological settings. They are minerals in the beryl group of silicates. For more than 4,000 years, emeralds have been among the most valuable of all jewels on Earth.
The largest emerald in the world - called “Fura” - The 11,000-karat raw green gem weighs in at 2.27 kilos (almost five pounds), and was found in 1999, along with a smaller emerald crystal known as Esmeralda Tena, in a mine located in the mountains of Muzo in the western province of Boyacá, It is well known for its emerald deposits.
Colombia, located on the continent of South America, is the country that mines and produces the most emeralds for the global market. It is estimated that Colombia accounts for 70-90% of the world's emerald market. While commercial grade emeralds are quite plentiful, fine and extra fine quality emeralds are extremely rare. Colombian emeralds over 50 carat can cost much more than diamonds of the same size.
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