Lucapa Diamond Company Limited has announced that it has recovered its largest diamond yet since alluvial mining commenced at the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola in January 2015.
On the Yehuda rough diamond colorimeter, the 90.32 carat gem is D colour and a Type 2A gem, one of the rarest categories of diamond in the world.
Lucapa also discovered a 63.05 carat Type 2A diamond in April 2015 and two Type 2A diamonds, weighing in at 131.4 and 95.45 carats, in January 2014. To date, the Lulo alluvial diamonds have averaged sale prices of $1,668 per carat, valuing Lucapa’s new find at over $150,000.
As well as the 90.32 carat gem, Lucapa and its partners have found a total of 31 special diamonds and 33 preliminary bulk sampling results from Mining Block 8 since mining commenced in August 2015.
Lucapa and its partners are conducting systematic pitting programs which aim to expand the Mining Block 8 alluvial diamond field.
Last month, Lucara Diamond recovered a 336 carat Type 2A diamond from its Karowe Mine in Botswana, following the find of another Type 2A 341.9 carat diamond in April 2015.