Stunning 5,655-carat emerald found in Zambian mine

A stunning 5,655-carat emerald thought to be worth up to £2 million has been discovered in Zambia.

The astonishing Lion Emerald was found earlier this month at Kagem, the planet's largest emerald mine (75 per cent-owned by London gemstone producer Gemfields).

It was unearthed by geologist Debapriya Rakshit and miner Richard Kapeta - and is named "Inkalamu", after the lion, to recognise the animal conservation work carried out in the area.

Described as having "remarkable clarity and a perfectly balanced golden green hue", it is the second to be given a name by Gemfields - a tradition reserved for very special gems.

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