Special brand of Emerald discovered in Ethiopia
16 carat Ethiopian emerald
At the Gem & Jewelry Exchange show, Mark Kaufman of San Diego–based Kaufman Enterprises showcased an impressive 16-carat emerald. The stone was distinguished by its unlikely source, Ethiopia—where miners recently unearthed a new deposit of the legendary green beryl—and by the fact that it required no oil, a method often used to enhance emerald clarity. The new deposit may spark fresh interest in mining in the east African region; until now, emeralds have primarily been culled from Australia, Brazil, Columbia, and Zambia.