Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Massive Diamond Discovered in Lesotho (Africa)

A 478 carat rough diamond was discovered recently in the Letseng mine in Lesotho Africa. It ranks as the 20th largest rough diamond ever found. Initial evaluation of the massive diamond suggests that is could create a 150 carat cut stone. That would be larger than the 105.6 carat diamond "Koh-i-Noor" which is part of the British Crown Jewels.

It would not be the largest cut diamond in the world. That honor goes to the Cullinan diamond found in 1905. It was 3,106 carats uncut and yielded a 530 carat cut diamond called the Great Star of Africa.


"The diamond, which is as yet unnamed, has the potential to yield a 150 carat cut stone, and could sell for tens of millions of dollars, the company said.


"Preliminary examination of this remarkable diamond indicates it will yield a record-breaking polished stone of the very best colour and clarity," said the company's chief executive Clifford Elphick.

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