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Introducing the Chipembele Crash

A series of NFTs featuring photos of inclusions from Chipembele – a 7,525 carat Gemfields emerald – highlighting the importance of transparency and traceability, and giving back to charity

The Chipembele Crash comprises six unique rhinoceros avatars (a “crash” of rhinos being the collective term for the animal).
Inspired by real black rhinos living in the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia, each avatar represents the rhino’s individual character and features the characteristic inclusions photographed inside the Chipembele. Created in partnership with Gübelin’s Provenance Proof, the auction of these NFTs on the Opensea NFT marketplace will raise funds for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme whilst enhancing transparency and trust in charitable donations through the Proof of Donation initiative.
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Intanda (‘star’)

Intanda (‘star’) is impossible to miss with her trademark floppy ears. She can be most often found listening to the chatter of the rhino minders (known as boma teams) with her headphones on. Though she was shy when she first arrived at the North Luangwa National Park, never straying far from the  security base in the evenings, she has since found her feet, and is now a mother. 

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Kango (‘chief’)

Kango (‘chief’) also took time to adjust to life at the North Luangwa National Park. To meet him now, you would never guess that he was once bullied by bigger bulls. Today, Kango is a leader among the bulls, with a distinctive hole in his left ear, a following of adoring lady rhinos and a few calves carrying his genes. He found his confidence after the North Luangwa Conservation Project sheltered him for two years, allowing him time to heal from his wounds.

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Mapalo (‘blessing’)

Mapalo (‘blessing’) was one of the first five rhinos to be reintroduced to the North Luangwa National Park in 2003. This was a seminal moment, as rhinos had been declared nationally extinct a decade before. Mapalo is a spirited and protective mother, as evidenced by her tiara and sharp sabre-like front horn. She has even been known to frighten monitoring officers so much that they flee up the trees to hide!

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Mwamba (‘at the top’)

Mwamba (‘at the top’) is a dominant male in every sense. Descended from black rhino royalty, he has always been brave, mature and playful, like his dominant ancestors at North Luangwa National Park. As a calf, he would scrape his dung – a  ritual to signal dominance and mark one’s territory by spreading one’s smell along game trails. Mwamba is fun as well as forceful, as shown by his irresistible cheeky grin. 

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Subilo (‘hope’)

Subilo (‘hope’) arrived in North Luangwa National Park as a mature 12-year-old bull ready to face the world. He quickly established himself as a leader, edging out other bulls and fathering multiple calves. He’s one of the best, sweetest and most mild black rhinos around, if a bit difficult to track and monitor. Now one of the most senior of the bunch, he can be a bit grumpy, but his pink bow tie bears testament to his dapper bearing. 

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Tamala (‘last born’)

Tamala (‘last born’), the last of the rhinos to be released and re-integrated into North Luangwa National Park in 2010, has fit in seamlessly. A chilled-out earth child, she has embraced everything about the park, from the vegetation, to social pressure, ticks, flies, and everything else. At her happiest when relaxing in a muddy wallow, she is always cool, calm and collected, as grounded as the earth beneath our feet.

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Chipembele

Weighing 7,525 carats (1,505g), Chipembele – which means ‘rhino’ in the local indigenous dialect of Bemba was discovered at Kagem emerald mine in Zambia in July 2021.
The winning bidder for Chipembele will be given the option of a unique DNA nano-tag identity, developed by Provenance Proof, ensuring that the cut and polished gems that it yields can be identified and certified as having originated from this extraordinary gemstone.
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North Luangwa Conservation Project

Established in 1986, the North Luangwa Conservation Programme is a partnership between the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife to conserve the North Luangwa ecosystem.

The programme delivers hands-on and effective conservation focusing on protected area management and community empowerment. For more information, visit:

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Proof of Donation

With a track record in providing transparency and trust through technology within the gems and jewellery sector, Provenance Proof is now launching Proof of Donation, a new service designed to securely track and trace donations to enhance trust in philanthropic projects, by applying cutting-edge technology.

Provenance Proof is combining its reputation of providing third-party confirmed transparency within the industry with non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on a public blockchain to enable handling all transactions in a transparent and trusted manner on behalf of the initiator. 

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