The diamond producer has inked deals with New Azilian and Equigold, following the delivery and de-risking of the Lesotho-based mine, which began commercial production in December.
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While the 83.9 carat rock was not gem-quality, Lucapa says the find continues to underline the large-stone nature of the kimberlite resource.
Seven exceptional Lulo diamonds, including a 46-carat pink and six top-colour Type IIa white gems, will be showcased.
The Australian diamond miner has secured 100 million rand (about $7m) in development funding for the Lesotho mine from South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
The operation will add to the Perth-based company annual output, until now on depending on just one mine — Lulo, in Angola.
First commercial diamonds from the company's 70%-owned Mothae mine expected in early November.
According to Lucapa, policy shifts in the southern African country allow management to plan for the sale of such high-value stones, something the company was not able to do before.
Lucapa Diamond Company and the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho (“GoL”) are pleased to provide an update on diamond recoveries from the ongoing bulk sampling program at the Mothae diamond mine in Lesotho (Lucapa 70%; GoL 30%).
The 11.88-carat diamond was recovered from the North zone of the Mothae diamond mine.
This time is a 114-carat white stone.
Production at Lucapa's 40%-owned Lulo project, in Angola, rose 20% during the June quarter.
Australia’s Lucapa Diamond (ASX:LOM) has found an 89-carat yellow diamond at its 70%-owned Mothae mine in Lesotho during the current bulk sampling program.
Lucapa has a 35-year license for Lulo, which early last year bore a 404.2-carat white diamond, considered the largest diamond ever recovered in Angola and the biggest diamond ever found by an Australian company.
Stone was recovered from the Neck zone of the Mothae kimberlite, not part of the current one-million carat Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource.
The 46-carat pink diamond is the largest coloured gem-quality stone ever recovered at the company's Lulo project.
Figures takes proceeds from Lulo diamonds sales so far this year to $10.8 million, at an average price per carat of $1,731.
The largest diamond recovered in the first test run was 6.6 carats.
The Australian miner has also unearthed the tenth +100 carat stone recovered from Lulo since mining operations began two years ago.
The rival companies have unearthed three diamonds larger than 100 carats each.
It's the eighth diamond of over 100 carats recovered this year, and the seventh in just 2.5 years of commercial mining.
Over the last nine years 66 record-breaking and other noteworthy diamonds were recovered, and 61 of those have been found within the last five years.
Draft bill gives government first option to buy unusually large diamonds found in the country's mines, such as the world's second-biggest 1,109 carat diamond discovered by Lucara two years ago.
Lucara Diamond’s Lesedi La Rona is said to face challenges other rock never do, including its multi-million-dollar price tag and a risky polishing process that can take months or years.
Big, valuable gemstones that may eventually get cut into smaller diamonds keep getting discovered in Angola.
The project, which has existing infrastructure, a camp and a diamond processing plant in place, is located just 5km from Letšeng, the highest dollars-per-carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world.