Monday, June 26, 2017

Auctioned rock found to hold 1.5 kilograms of emerald crystals

An emerald crystal deposit weighing an estimated 1.5 kilograms has been discovered in a lump of rock in Russia's Sverdlovsk Region, according to Firat Nurmukhametov, the director of the Rocks Center of the Urals Mining Institute.

The deposit was discovered by Vladimir Dyagilev, a Yekaterinburg entrepreneur, who bought the lump of rock as part of a purchase of a lot at an auction at the Kaliningrad Amber Factory, RIA Novosti reports.

On the suspicion that there may be more emeralds inside the rock, Dyagilev hired specialists to cautiously dig deeper, where they discovered the deposit of gemstones inside. The 2.3 kilogram piece of rock includes 1.5 kilograms of emerald.

"It's a unique specimen...I don't think any museum has such a specimen in terms of the weight of or the quantity of the emeralds," Nurmukhametov said, RIA Novosti reports.

According to Dyagilev, the fragment of rock was originally valued at $9,700 and the current value is still being debated, RIA Novosti reports.

The rock will be shown at "The Emerald Room" exhibition in May.