November 2015 - Lucara Diamond Corp., a diamond producer with assets in Botswana, has announced the recovery of a 1,111 carat gem quality, Type IIa diamond.
The magnificent stone, which originated from the south lobe of Lucara’s Karowe Mine, is the world’s second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered and the largest ever to be recovered through a modern processing facility.
The stone was recovered by the newly installed Large Diamond Recovery (“LDR”) XRT machines. The stone measures 65mm x 56mm x 40mm, and is the largest ever to be recovered in Botswana.
William Lamb, President and CEO, said, "This historic diamond recovery puts Lucara and the Karowe mine amongst a select number of truly exceptional diamond producers.
“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.”
Commenting on the find, Vadim Weinig, a third generation diamond dealer and co-founder of Europe’s award-winning, leading online jewellers 77Diamonds.com
, said, “It has taken over 100 years to unearth a diamond of this size so this is a very exciting find.
“I’m not convinced we will find another diamond of this size and quality in even the next 200 years."