Lucara Recovers World’s Second-Largest DiamondNovember 19, 15
(IDEX Online News) – Lucara Diamond Corp. has announced the recovery of a 1,111 carat gem quality, Type IIa diamond. from the Karowe Mine in Botswana.
The diamond, which originated in the south lobe of the mine, is the second-largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered and the largest ever to be recovered through a modern processing facility.
The stone measures 65mm x 56mm x 40mm in size and is the largest ever to be recovered in Botswana.
“This historic diamond recovery puts Lucara and the Karowe mine amongst a select number of truly exceptional diamond producers,” William Lamb, president and CEO.
“The significance of the recovery of a gem quality stone larger than 1,000 carats, the largest for more than a century and the continued recovery of high quality stones from the south lobe, cannot be overstated. Our focus on mining the south lobe, which is delivering value beyond expectation, has been perfectly timed with the commissioning of our recent plant modifications, enabling the recovery of these large, high quality exceptional diamonds."
Following the announcement of the 1,111 carat diamond, the company also announced the recovery of two further large stones – an 813-carat diamond and a 374-carat diamond from the mine.
“"I am truly at a loss for words. This has been an amazing week for Lucara with the recovery of the second largest and also the sixth largest gem quality diamonds ever mined. We are truly blessed by this amazing asset,” said Lamb.