Lucara Diamond company said it has recovered a 1,111 carat gem quality, Type IIa diamond at its Botswana based operations. The company owns Karowe mine, which has been the talk of the mining recently with a liquid share price on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE).
According to the company, the magnificent stone, which originated from the south lobe of Lucara’s Karowe Mine, is the world’s second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered and the largest ever to be recovered through a modern processing facility.
“The stone was recovered by the newly installed Large Diamond Recovery (“LDR”) XRT machines. The stone measures 65mm x 56mm x 40mm in size and is the largest ever to be recovered in Botswana,” said the company headed by William Lamb.
Lamb, who is the President and CEO of the company, said the historic diamond recovery puts Lucara and the Karowe mine amongst a select number of truly exceptional diamond producers.
“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,” stated Lamb.
“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.”
Two more stones recovered
The company also said two more exceptional white stones have now been recovered through the XRT diamond recovery units. The two white diamonds, an 813 carat stone and a 374 carat stone, have today been added to the roster of incredible diamonds recovered from the prolific south lobe of Lucara’s Karowe mine in Botswana.
The weights of the stones are subject to change as these stones have not yet been cleaned. Once cleaned, photos will be published on the Lucara website.
“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,” Lamb said.