16. La Gloria
887 carats. Incredibly large and fine museum-quality rough emerald from Muzo.
La Gloria is a queen of gems. This stunning 887 carat gem emerald comes from none other than the world’s most famous emerald mine – the Muzo mine (also the source of the emeralds recovered from the sunken Atocha galleon). Larger than the famed specimen in the Smithsonian from the Gachalá mine, she is believed to be the largest rough gem quality Colombian emerald in the United States. With her classic blue green Colombian hues and identifying matrix material, she bears all the looks and qualities of royal beauty, splendor and grace suited to crown any museum or discerning private collection.
La Gloria has a small surface calcite matrix, which not only evidences its provenance but can further indicate with general specificity the area of the mine in which it originated. The Muzo mine is well-known for producing some of the largest crystals of emeralds found anywhere in Colombia. La Gloria is larger than the Colombian emerald from Gachalá in the Smithsonian, which is 857 carats, and also larger than the “Patricia” emerald from the Chivor mine, now in the Museum of Natural History in New York (632 carats).
This remarkable emerald is most impressive as a rough stone of unbelievable weight; should it ever be cut and polished, however, it should yield a gem of about 300 to 400 carats.
Accompanied by GIA Report 1186154010 of February 21, 2017.
Note: Due to the inability of current technology capturing the blue green hues and light dispersion in emeralds accurately, digital and particularly print images, do no justice to the true beauty, color and fire of Colombian emeralds. These magnificent specimens truly need to be seen with the naked eye to be appreciated to their full extent.