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Swiss jeweller buys rights to $63M Constellation Lucara diamond

Cutting and polishing the 813-carat stone could result in one of the world’s largest flawless diamonds

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The world’s most expensive rough diamond is now in the hands of De Grisogono, a Swiss luxury jeweller and watch maker.

Geneva-based De Grisogono purchased the rights to market Lucara Diamond’s (TSX:LUC) Constellation gem, which sold in May for a record $63 million, at the launch of the 28th Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris. The price was not disclosed.

The company entered into an agreement with Nemesis International when the Dubai-based corporation bought the 813-carat stone from Lucara, which recovered it last November from its Karowe mine in Botswana.

“I love her and I hate her. Love because something like this is so exceptional – I could never dream to be able to have a stone like this in my own hands – and hate her because I don’t know how I’m going to dress her.”

According to De Grisogono, cutting and polishing the Constellation – a process expected to take several months – could result in one of the world’s largest flawless diamonds. The impressive rock weighs 813 carats and measures six centimetres (2.4 inches) across. According to Nickolas Polak, international director of Nemesis, the diamond will be cut in Antwerp and is expected to produce the world’s largest D Flawless diamond, weighing between 300 carats and 350 carats, reported the fashion website WWD.

“(This is) the first time we’ve taken such a historic stone and had full creative freedom to do what we want with it,” CNN quotes De Grisogono CEO John Leitao, who added that the firm plans to transform Constellation into “a stone that rivals the crown jewels.” The company’s founder was even more colourful in his comments: “I love her and I hate her,” said Fawaz Gruosi. “Love because something like this is so exceptional – I could never dream to be able to have a stone like this in my own hands – and hate her because I don’t know how I’m going to dress her.”

Lucara made headlines with an even bigger diamond also dug from Karowe, the 1,109-carat “Lesedi La Rona”  (or “our light” in the Tswana language spoken in Botswana). However that stone, which was expected to fetch $70 million, failed to sell at auction and Lucara is still searching for a buyer.

De Grisogono also purchased the rights to market a 404-carat rough diamond from Nemesis International in May. According to Rapaport News, that stone was recovered by Lucapa Diamond Company (ASX:LOM) at its Lulo mine in Angola.

Three days ago Lucapa dug a 38.6-carat pink diamond, also from Lulo. The coloured stone is the largest “fancy” pink diamond recovered to date from the mine.  The Australian company reportedly sold it last week as part of a parcel of other rocks for a total of $5.8 million.

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Henry Sapiecha

 

 

A small Australian diamond miner just found this huge gemstone in Angola

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The 404.2 carat Type IIa D-colour Lulo gem

An Australian mining company has just announced the discovery of an enormous 400-carat diamond, and its shares are going wild.

The find – the biggest diamond ever unearthed in Angola – was announced by the Perth-based Lucapa Diamond Company. A short time ago, the company’s shares were up 32% to $0.425.

The gem is 404.2 carats, or about 80 grams, in weight and is the fourth 100+ carat diamond recovered from the Lulo diamond project in Angola’s Lunda Norte province.

The diamond is the 27th biggest recorded in the world and the biggest discovered by an Australian company.

The previous record for Angola’s largest diamond belonged to the Angolan Star, a 217.4 carat gem recovered in 2007.

Based on recent average prices, the latest diamond is worth more than $800,000 just on its weight alone. Cut and mounted into a piece of jewellery, the price would run into many millions.

The alluvial Mining Block 8 at Lulo, which has already produced more than 60 large special diamonds since mining started there in August 2015. The previous largest diamond recovered at Lulo weighed 133.4 carats.

Over the 12 months since the company started operations at Lulo, 10,372 carats have been recovered, not including the latest find. In the December quarter, the company recorded diamond revenues of $8.1 million at record quarterly average selling prices of $2141 per carat.

CEO Stephen Wetherall says Lucapa and its partners Endiama and Rosas & Pétalas are extremely proud to have recovered such an exceptional world-class diamond.

“We have always emphasised the very special nature of the Lulo diamond field and this recovery — together with the other 100 carat-plus diamonds recovered this year alone — is further evidence of that,” he says.

“And while we continue mining these exceptional alluvial gems from Mining Blocks 6 and 8 at Lulo, we are also continuing to advance our systematic exploration program to find the kimberlite source of these diamonds.”

Kimberlite is a type of rock desposit where diamonds form.

The company is essentially finding diamonds as it digs trenches in search of the core of the diamond source, the kimberlite pipe.

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Henry Sapiecha