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ALROSA names diamond after folklore heroine to honor indigenous culture

ALROSA announced Wednesday it has given a newly mined yellow-brown 91.86-carat diamond the name Kyndykan in honour of a folklore heroine.

Kyndykan was a young girl who was miraculously found alive 200 years ago by Yakut hunters near the Verkhoyansk Mountains in an ancestral settlement completely wiped out by smallpox, ALROSA said in a media release.

Kyndykan has become a symbol of the resilience, spiritual strength and unique values of the Indigenous peoples of the Far North. The story inspired the Russian diamond miner to create a project also named Kyndykan, which aims to draw attention globally to the problem of preserving the traditions and culture of the indigenous peoples.

The Kyndykan diamond has a yellow-brown colour and measures 25х16х22 mm. It was mined in 2021 at one of the alluvial diamond deposits at Diamonds of Anabar, a subsidiary of ALROSAwhich operates across the Arctic territory of Yakutia. The indigenous peoples of the North traditionally inhabited this region. The diamond was found in the Olenyok district, one of the coldest regions in the northern hemisphere.

ALROSA said this is latest step in the company’s efforts to preserve the historical values of the indigenous peoples of Yakutia.

“At ALROSA, we have a great tradition of giving names to newly mined diamonds. On this occasion, we decided to name a diamond mined in the Far North in honour of the little Even heroine Kyndykan and after a wonderful project, which is doing a lot to ensure that voices of Indigenous peoples of the North are heard,” deputy CEO Evgeny Agureev, said in the statement.

“ALROSA has always admired their resilience and strength of character, rich history and age-old traditions. Our common goal is to preserve all of this for future generations and to tell this story to the world.”