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Angola's biggest ever diamond discovered

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02 February 2016

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

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