Gem Diamonds may be a London-based company operating in Africa, but we at Australian Mining always love the discovery of a massive diamond — wherever it has been found around the world.
The company yesterday announced the recovery of an exceptional-quality 910 carat D colour Type IIa diamond from its Letšeng mine in Lesotho, southern Africa.
Gem’s find, the largest diamond mined at Letšeng, is believed to be the fifth largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered.
Clifford Elphick, Gem’s chief executive officer, said since the company acquired Letšeng in 2006 the mine has produced some of the world’s most remarkable diamonds, including the 603-carat Lesotho Promise.
“However, this exceptional top quality diamond is the largest to be mined to date and highlights the unsurpassed quality of the Letšeng mine,” Elphick said.
Other significant diamonds recovered from Letšeng include:
2006 – Lesotho Promise (603 carat)
2007 – Lesotho Legacy (493 carat)
2008 – Leseli La Letšeng (478 carat)
2011 – Letšeng Star (550 carat)
2014 – Yellow (299 carat)
2015 – Letšeng Destiny (314 carat)
2015 – Letšeng Dynasty (357 carat)