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Rare emeralds found in 400-year-old shipwreck

These emeralds will fetch a pretty penny at an auction next month. (Source: Guernseys/CNN) These emeralds will fetch a pretty penny at an auction next month. (Source: Guernseys/CNN)

(CNN) - Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but emeralds are more valuable, especially when they're 400-years-old. 

A collection of cut and raw emeralds from the great Spanish shipwreck Nuestra Senora de Atocha - a galleon that sank off the Florida coast in 1622 - will be sold at an auction next month at Guernsey's Auction House in New York. 

Included in the sale is the 887-carat La Glorida, which Guernsey calls "one of the largest museum-quality emeralds in the world." The gem is expected to sell for up to $5 million. 

The Marcial de Gomar star emerald, the largest star emerald ever found and one of only 11 star emeralds known to exist, should fetch nearly $3 million at the auction. 

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