Australian miner Lucapa Diamond Company yesterday announced the recovery of a 404.2ct diamond from it’s Angolan mining operations. Believed to be the world’s 27th biggest diamond ever discovered, it is believed to be worth in the region of $200 million.
Discovered in Lulo, from alluvial diamond mining in Mining Block 8, the gem has been confirmed as a Type IIa, D-colour diamond. Type IIa diamonds are exceptionally rare, containing no traces of nitrogen, an impurity frequently found in natural diamonds.
Angola is one of the world’s top 4 diamond producing nations, alongside Botswana, Russia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Lulo, the world’s 4th biggest diamond mine accounts for approximately 75% of Angola’s annual diamond production.
Diamond mining in this area only commenced in August 2015, but more than 60, large, “special” diamonds have already been recovered from the area.
Picture: Lucapa Diamond Company