Emerald is notorious for growing extremely large. These examples are some of the world’s largest emeralds! If you know of something missing from the list, please contact us.
- A 7,052-carat (3.1 lb.) uncut emerald crystal from Colombia is privately owned and considered priceless.
- The “Emerald Unguentarium,” a 2,860-carat (20.18 oz) emerald vase carved in 1641, is on display in the Imperial Treasury, Vienna, Austria.
- The “Sacred Emerald Buddha,” a 2,620-carat (18.48 oz) emerald statue, was carved from a 3,600-carat (25.4 oz) African emerald crystal in 2006.
- A 1,965-carat (13.9 oz) uncut Russian emerald is on display at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History.
- A 1,861.90-carat (13.13 oz) uncut and unnamed emerald from Hiddenite, NC, is privately owned.
- Thomas Richard McPhee’s statue, “1492,” consists of a 1,550-carat carved emerald (10.94 oz) and 50 carats of diamond. It’s valued at $1.5 million and on display at The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburg, PA.
- Five unnamed large emerald crystals from Muzo, Colombia are stored in the vault of the Bank of The Republic of Colombia. They weigh from 220 carats (1.55 oz) to 1,796 carats (12.67 oz).
- The “Guinness Emerald Crystal” is a 1,759-carat (12.4 oz) uncut emerald from the Cosquez mines in Colombia. It’s also part of the collection of the Bank of The Republic of Colombia.
- The “Duke of Devonshire,” a 1,383.93-carat (9.76 oz) uncut emerald from Muzo, Colombia, now resides in “The Vault” at the Natural History Museum, London, UK.
- The “Isabella Emerald,” a 964-carat (6.80 oz) cut emerald, is owned by A.D. Adventures Inc., West Palm Beach, FL.
- The “Gachalá Emerald,” an 858-carat (6.05 oz) uncut emerald from Colombia, is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
- The “Empress Caroline,” an 858-carat (6.05 oz) uncut emerald from Hiddenite, NC, is privately owned.
- The “Patricia Emerald,” discovered in Colombia in 1920 and named after the mine owner’s daughter, is a 632-carat (4.46 oz) uncut emerald. It resides in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
- Fred Leighton Jewelers sold a 430-carat (3.03 oz) carved Mughal emerald for several million dollars.
- The al-Sabah Collection from Kuwait features many beautiful emeralds, including a 398-carat (2.79 oz) emerald in hexagonal form and a 235-carat (1.66 oz) emerald bead.
- An emerald, gold and enamel 17th-century Mughal wine cup (7 cm) was sold at Christie’s for £1.79 million in 2003.
- The “Mogul Mughal Emerald,” a 217.80-carat (1.54 oz) carved emerald, was sold at Christie’s for $2.2 million in 2001. It now resides in the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar.
- A 161.20-carat (1.14 oz) carved Mughal emerald fetched $1.09 million at Christie’s in 1999.
Editor’s Note: the Bahia Emerald is an 840 lb. stone discovered in Bahia, Brazil, in 2001. This stone reportedly contains over 180,000 carats of emeralds (approximately 79.38 lb.), including the largest single shard of emerald ever found, described as “the size of a man’s thigh”. The events and personalities involved with this gemstone since its discovery have inspired much speculation, and its ownership is currently in dispute.