I'll let you draw your own conclusions. I have drawn mine.
The Glory is being revealed.
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."Read the whole thing