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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

One of the largest cut emeralds in the world

 Floran Lacerte kisses the world's largest emerald while lifting it at Western Star Auction House in Kelowna, British Columbia January 26, 2012. The 57,500 carat emerald, named "Teodora", which weighs 11.5 kg (25.35 lb) was mined in Brazil and cut in India. The stone will be publicly auctioned this weekend.
 People hold the world's largest emerald at Western Star Auction House in Kelowna, British Columbia January 26, 2012. The 57,500 carat emerald, named "Teodora", which weighs 11.5 kg (25.35 lb) was mined in Brazil and cut in India. The stone will be publicly auctioned this weekend.


 A worker polishes the world's largest emerald at Western Star Auction House in Kelowna, British Columbia January 26, 2012. The 57,500 carat emerald, named "Teodora", which weighs 11.5 kg (25.35 lb) was mined in Brazil and cut in India. The stone will be publicly auctioned this weekend
 Regan Reaney, owner of the the world's largest emerald looks over the gem at the Western Star Auction House in Kelowna, British Columbia January 26, 2012. The 57,500 carat emerald, named "Teodora", which weighs 11.5 kg (25.35 lb) was mined in Brazil and cut in India. The stone will be publicly auctioned this weekend.
 A security guard and local residents look at the world's largest emerald at Western Star Auction House in Kelowna, British Columbia January 26, 2012. The 57,500 carat emerald, named "Teodora", which weighs 11.5 kg (25.35 lb) was mined in Brazil and cut in India. The stone will be publicly auctioned this weekend.
 Auctioneer Mike Odenbach (R) calls out the bids as one of the largest cut emerald's in the world is put up for sale at the Western Star Auction House in Kelowna, British Columbia January 28, 2012. The 57,500 carat gem called Teodora was mined in Brazil and cut in India. The emerald received no bids as it opened at $500,000
 Local residents look at one of the largest cut emeralds up for sale at the Western Star Auction House in Kelowna, British Columbia January 28, 2012. The 57,500 carat gem called Teodora was mined in Brazil and cut in India. The emerald received no bids as it opened at $500,000
 A local resident looks at one of the largest cut emeralds up for sale at the Western Star Auction House in Kelowna, British Columbia January 28, 2012. The 57,500 carat gem called Teodora was mined in Brazil and cut in India. The emerald received no bids as it opened at $500,000
Auctioneer Mike Odenbach (R) calls out the bids as one of the largest cut emeralds in the world is put up for sale at the Western Star Auction House in Kelowna, British Columbia January 28, 2012. The 57,500 carat gem called Teodora was mined in Brazil and cut in India. The emerald received no bids as it opened at $500,000.
Credit : REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA)
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