2018 was a remarkable year for diamonds, from an auction perspective, but even more so from a rough diamond discovery perspective.
We countdown the top 5 rough diamonds discovered and the top 5 diamonds sold at auction in 2018.
5) Letseng’s record year
The 5thbiggest diamond of 2018 weighs in at 169cts and was discovered at Lesotho’s Letseng diamond mine. Gem Diamonds, owners of Letseng, recovered a record number of huge diamonds in 2018. Letseng is the highest diamond mine in the world, due to it’s elevation of 3,100m above sea level. Last year it coughed up 14 diamonds over 100ct in size.