Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Record Glory Gem found in North Carolina

Emeralds are often a gem type of the glory of God.

I'll let you draw your own conclusions. I have drawn mine.

The Glory is being revealed.

(The Charlotte Observer) Miner Terry Ledford (top) and Mark Randle search a possible vein of the Carolina Emperor emerald in Hiddenite, N.C. Leford dug up the green gem, which has since been hailed North America's largest, last August.
(The Charlotte Observer) The Carolina Emperor emerald is shown next to a quarter.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Alexander County, N.C., community famed for its lunker emeralds has yielded a 64-carat gem that experts say is North America's largest cut emerald.

Gem miner Terry Ledford said the deep-green crystal he dug up in Hiddenite last August was so big it "looked like an empty 7-Up bottle." About 2 inches square, it weighed 310 carats before being cut. Its hue made it even more desirable.

"I was saying a prayer, literally, just thanking him," Ledford said. "I held it up to the sun, and it was so dark you almost couldn't see any light through it."

After having the stone cut and recut, Ledford and his partner gave the emerald a trademarked name: the Carolina Emperor.

A respected New York gemologist, C.R. "Cap" Beesley, called it "by far the largest gem ever recovered from North America and North Carolina," including rubies and sapphires. Beesley compared the Emperor to a cut emerald of similar size that sold for $1.6 million earlier this year.

"I don't know of any faceted emerald larger than this," said geologist Michael Wise of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History mineralogy division. "It's mostly difficult to get big (gem) stones, so this would be something really unusual for North America."

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Ron McK said...

Not glory. The key to understanding this is the name of the emerald, Carolina Emperor. Carolina was one of the first thirteen states. God is warning that an emperor (beast) is going to emerge out of the heart of the United States. The beastly flaw was right their in the beginning among the thirteen that agreed to the constitution that made them one.

denise g. said...

the breastplate in old testament i believe one of its stones is emerald, also emerald mentioned in some of the visions of ezekiel ....not sure..i need to check could be visions of revelation of the throne