PICS: Largest diamond since Cullinan discovered

2015-11-19 13:47
 Lucara Diamond Corporation announced the discovery of the 1 111 carat gem quality at its Karowe mine. (Photo: Lucara)

Cape Town – The largest diamond in 100 years has been discovered in Botswana and is second in size only to the Cullinan diamond in the British Crown jewels.

Lucara Diamond Corporation announced the discovery of the 1 111 carat gem quality at its Karowe mine on Wednesday.

The diamond is a type IIa, which makes up 1.8% of gem diamonds, according to Wikipedia. “These diamonds are almost or entirely devoid of impurities, and consequently are usually colourless and have the highest thermal conductivity.”

Many large famous diamonds are type IIa, like the Cullinan and the Koh-i-Noor.

The company’s focus on mining the south lobe was perfectly timed with the commissioning of their recent plant modifications, enabling the recovery of these large, high quality exceptional diamonds, said Lucara CEO William Lamb.

The Vancouver-based company’s assets include the Karowe Mine in Botswana, two Precious Stone Exploration Licenses in Botswana and the Mothae Project in Lesotho.

The 100% owned Karowe Mine is in production, while the 75% owned Mothae Project is currently being divested.

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