Company claims prize for second-largest diamond recovery
Lucara Diamond (TSE:LUC) said it recovered a 1,111 carat gem-quality diamond from its Karowe Mine in Botswana.
The stone, which Lucara claims is the world's second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered, measures 65mm x 56mm x 40mm in size.
The stone originated in the mine's south lobe and was recovered by the newly installed Large Diamond Recovery (“LDR”) XRT machines.
The company's CEO said the find is historic.
"This historic diamond recovery puts Lucara and the Karowe mine amongst a select number of truly exceptional diamond producers," said William Lamb, President and CEO.
"The significance of the recovery of a gem quality stone larger than 1,000 carats, the largest for more than a century and the continued recovery of high quality stones from the south lobe, cannot be overstated. Our focus on mining the south lobe, which is delivering value beyond expectation, has been perfectly timed with the commissioning of our recent plant modifications, enabling the recovery of these large, high quality exceptional diamonds.”
Lucara Diamond Corp. is a public company based in Vancouver, Canada. It is listed at the TSX. The company controls two mines and two exploration projects in two countries. Its assets are located in Botswana and Lesotho.