The world’s second largest gem quality diamond ever mined, recovered in Botswana
Lucara Diamond president and CEO William Lamb confirms that the company has discovered what is claimed to be the world’s second largest gem quality diamond ever recorded and also the largest ever to be recovered in Botswana, the stone measuring 65mm x 56mm x 40mm in size.
“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”, says Lamb.
The two white diamonds recovered from Lucara’s Karowe diamond mine located in Botswana, include an 813 carat stone and a 374 carat stone, and were recovered through the newly installed diamond recovery units.
The historic discovery puts Lucara and the Karowe mine amongst a select number of truly exceptional diamond producers. The significance of the recovery of a gem quality 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, explains Lamb.