Lucapa Diamond, which uncovered a 404 carat diamond earlier this year, has found another large stone.
The miner has found a 68.1 carat, Type IIA D-colour gem at trial mining at its E46 alluvial terraces on its Lulo mine in Angola.
Lucapa uncovered the 404.2 carat diamond– the largest ever single stone found by an Australian company and 27th largest single diamond ever – at the Lulo mine in February, later selling the diamond for $22.5 million.
Now it has uncovered more large stones, ranging from 11.5 carats through to 68.1 carats.
“The recovery of this large special diamonds from the E46 alluvial terraces is significant considering the largest individual diamond recovered from the initial exploration bulk sampling phase conducted in this area in 2013 weighed just 6.9 carats,” the company said in an official statement.
The E46 is located around 10 kilometres upstream from Mining Blocks 6 and 8, which have given up large diamonds, including the 404 carat stone.
Lucapa will continue to focus on E46 while Mining Blocks 8 and 6 are inaccessible due to Angola’s wet seasons.