Lucara Diamonds has recovered some of the largest diamonds to date at its Botswana Karowe mine including a 1 111 carat gem quality, Type IIa diamond, an 813 carat stone and a 374 carat stone.
The magnificent 1 111 stone, which originated from the south lobe of 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 XRT machines. The stone measures 65 mm x 56 mm x 40 mm 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. 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,” says William Lamb, President and CEO.
Just days later the company announced the recovery of two additional large, white diamonds – an 813 carat stone (the sixth largest gem quality carat recovered) and a 374 carat stone.
The weights of the stones are subject to change as these stones have not yet been cleaned.
“I am truly at a loss for words. This was 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,” concludes Lamb.