Duke of Devonshire Emerald

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Duke of Devonshire Emerald
Duke of Devonshire Emerald.JPG
Type of stoneEmerald
Weight1,383.93 carats (276.786 g)
ColorEmerald green
Country of origin Colombia
Mine of originMuzo, Boyacá
Original ownerWilliam Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire
OwnerNatural History Museum, London

The Duke of Devonshire Emerald is one of the world's largest and most famous uncut emeralds, weighing 1,383.93 carats (276.786 g).[1][2] Originating in the mine at Muzo, Colombia, it was either gifted[1] or sold by Emperor Pedro I of Brazil to William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire in 1831. It was displayed at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, and more recently at the Natural History Museum in 2007.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "The Vault". Natural History Museum. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b Robin McKie and Vanessa Thorpe (11 November 2007). "Top security protects vault of priceless gems". The Observer.