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Emerald Weighing More Than 800 Pounds Found in Brazil

Mundo Minero con información de Geology In || 5 de marzo de 2018

By: Geology In || March 5, 2018

The massive emerald, which weighs 794 pounds and stands around 4.3 feet high was unearthed a month ago, 200 metres deep inside the Carnaiba Mine in Brazil.

Experts predict the enormous emerald rock could fetch around £238million Whopping 360kg emerald discovered in Brazil worth $308 million

An enormous £238million emerald rock discovered in a gem mining field in Brazil is being kept under heavy security in a secret location as the owner exclusively revealed he is living in fear of kidnapping, extortion and armed robbery.

The private holder, who can only be identified by his initials FG, said the giant stone is extremely rare because of its 'considerable size and the quality of its gigantic crystals'.

He revealed that while it would need a forklift truck to lift the huge cluster of jewels, the risks of a heist are high in Brazil where criminal gangs use explosives to raid banks and carry powerful firearms.

The massive emerald, which weighs 794 pounds (360kg) and stands around 4.3 feet high (1.3metres), was unearthed a month ago, 200 metres deep inside the Carnaiba Mine, a gem-rich mineral exploration area in Bahia, north east Brazil.

The cautious owner said this week: 'I can't reveal anything about the whereabouts of the stone, how it's being kept and how much I paid for it. 'All I can say is the stone is being moved frequently from secure location to secure location under armed guard.

'I cannot take any chances with my family's lives by keeping the stone in one place where it could be found.'

There are only two giant stones with this density of crystals in the world, and according to FG, the other one, the Bahia emerald, which was the subject of a legal dispute over ownership between Brazil and America, 'does not possess the same pure quality as the new Carnaiba emerald'.

He said: 'This stone has emerald beryls spread all over it. Their quality is superb and by far the best I've ever seen and I've been in the industry for nearly 30 years.' Experts predict the impressive jewelled stone, which contains around 180,000 carats of emerald crystals, could fetch around £238million.

The owner, a 50-year-old married father of one, revealed: 'I've already had calls from interested parties including potential buyers from Europe, Arab Emirates, America, India and China, who are keen to open negotiations.

'Personally, I don't know what the value of this piece is because it will be led by market demands.' The Carnaiba emerald was found by members of the Bahia Mineral Cooperative, a group of workers legally authorised to explore the area.

FG explained: 'Extracting the stone was extremely difficult. It took ten of us more than a week to get it out because it was 200 metres down in the ground. 'It was cut out of the area, where it was embedded, in one piece and all hands were needed to lift it to the mine shaft where it was raised to the surface by a winch.'

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