Diamond discovered in Lesotho
A 910 carat diamond was found in the small
Southern Africa nation of Lesotho, the fifth-
largest gem-quality diamond ever found,
diamond miner Gem Diamonds Limited said
in a statement on Monday.
“Gem Diamonds Limited is pleased to
announce the recovery of an exceptional
quality 910 carat, D colour Type IIa diamond
from the Letseng mine in Lesotho.
“The diamond, the largest recovered from
Letseng, is believed to be the fifth largest
gem quality diamond ever recovered,” the
Lesotho is a small, impoverished country
surrounded entirely by South Africa.
A rough diamond from Botswana, believed
to be the biggest uncut diamond found in a
century, sold for 53 million dollars in
NAN reports that in November 2015,the
world’s second-largest gem quality diamond
was discovered in Botswana, the Lucara
Diamond firm says.
The 1,111-carat stone was recovered from its
Karowe mine, about 500km (300 miles)
north of the capital, Gaborone.
It is the biggest diamond to be discovered in
Botswana and the largest find in more than
The 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond was
found in South Africa in 1905 and cut into
nine separate stones, many of which are in
the British Crown Jewels.
“The significance of the recovery of a gem
quality stone larger than 1,000 carats, the
largest for more than a century… cannot be
overstated,” William Lamb, the CEO of
Lucara Diamond, a Canadian diamond
Lucara says two other “exceptional” white
diamonds – an 813-carat stone and a 374-
carat stone – were also found at the Karowe
“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,” Lamb said.
The stone is yet to be evaluated, but
commodities and mining analyst Kieron
Hodgson, told AFP news agency that “the
potential to be one very expensive
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