Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Zambian emeralds take centre stage at Golden Globes


Mahershala Ali at the Golden Globes wearing a Kagem emerald ring. Photo credit: Featureflash Photo Agency /

A Zambian emerald from the Kagem Mine in Lufwanyama took centre stage at the Golden Globe awards in Hollywood this year.

Oscar winner Mahershala Ali took home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the aptly titled American comedy-drama film Green Book, and in keeping with the green theme, the actor accepted his award wearing a Zambian emerald signet-style ring designed by jeweller Kimberly McDonald and featuring an emerald mined at Kagem.
Zambian emeralds are now the must-have gemstones on red carpets everywhere, since fine emeralds have taken on renewed popularity thanks to their promotion by London-based Gemfields, which owns 75 percent of Kagem in a model partnership with the Zambian government, which owns 25 percent.

Mahershala’s striking Kagem emerald appeared on the red carpet, awards stage and at after-parties, as he celebrated his win in style, and emeralds also adorned several Hollywood’s notable stars at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, launching the 2019 awards season, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Sandberg.

A number of A-list actresses championed colour on the carpet, and earrings were the jewellery item of choice with statement, chandelier style options dominating.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Saoirse Ronan, Jodie Comer, Octavia Spencer all chose emeralds; Patricia Clarkson and Nicole Kidman matched the red carpet in rubies and Jessica Chastain went all-out in a multi-coloured style.
Other nods to colour came in the shape of rings, with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Octavia Spencer teaming their earrings with complementing emerald rings, whilst South African actress Charlize Theron chose an emerald ring against a backdrop of diamonds. Jessica Chastain chose a ruby ring to pair with her multi-coloured earrings and other multi-coloured confections included Julianne Moore’s bracelet and Allison Janney’s necklace.

This year’s Golden Globes colour followed similar excitement in 2016 when best actress winner Taraji P. Henson selected Kimberly McDonald earrings set with Kagem Zambian emeralds to attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards.


  1. Unfortunately the indigenous Zambians are not reaping any benefits, we are just busy admiring our own stones being adorned by other people – the question is whether to laugh at ourselves or cry? SMH

  2. The Hollywood people shunning blood diamonds from Zaire and war torn countries of West Africa. Hope they won’t cause civil war over our peaceful precious Stones. Let’s stay awake! And why this London fimo fimo owning 75% of our emeralds? Our resources owned by ba mumbwe ba mwansakabinga.

  3. Ahh our leaders keep crying and looking
    For help from all over.yet we are so rich
    If we know how to look after our wealth.
    Our population is just 17 million and yet
    With all these resources we are dependent on others .shame.

  4. That is the irony, isn’t it? Rich continent and it’s inhabitants are poverty and disease stricken…. corruption at every corner…thousands drowning as they seek for better opportunities….. illiteracy and hence being taken advantage of…… Ni chani kansi?
    Nzelu zili ku? Can we be this ndwiii forever…..?

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