It is a stone that leaves its mark. An out of the ordinary discovery that sheds new light on the history of jewelry. The culmination of a search that contains a promise. This unusual and extremely rare stone, which Chopard called Insofu (meaning “elephant” in the Bemba language, the local ethnic group of the region of origin of the emerald), was discovered in Zambia, in the Kagem mine. Due to its weight (6,225 carats) and its quality, it is one of the most important stones that have ever been found. In this gift from the rough Earth that holds every possibility, experts have seen an extraordinary potential: extraordinary jewels can be obtained from this emerald of very rare purity and quality. A treasure that, in the hands of the best cutting craftsmen, will give life to a collection of unique and singular gems, the premise of a future collection of Haute Joaillerie.
Chopard Insofu is a name that encompasses respect for the land of origin of this emerald: Insofu means “elephant” in the Bemba language, due to the shape that recalls the animal’s trunk. Due to its impressive size, it arouses respect and admiration, like the noble pachyderm.
In the fast-paced world we live in, it can be difficult to connect the charm and beauty of a piece of jewelry to its place of origin. And yet, precious stones contain the memory of the Earth. They are the witnesses of a much older activity than any form of human life and they express a form of permanence: this is where our responsibility towards the world of tomorrow comes into play. Knowing their origin, knowing that the conditions in which they are extracted respect not only the environment but also the communities involved in the entire supply chain, are inseparable elements from the pride of wearing a precious stone.
At the heart of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, Chopard is aware that no goldsmith success can be celebrated without guaranteeing the utmost respect for the nobility of the original materials and the integrity of the path at every stage of their transformation.