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126ct Diamond Recovered From New Mothae Mine
126 carat diamond is the largest gem-quality stone recovered at Mothae, further underlining its status as a high-value resource
By: Diamond World News Service
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May 24 2019 3:10PM
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The gem-quality 126 carat diamond recovered from Mothae (pre boiling)
The gem-quality 126 carat diamond recovered from Mothae (pre boiling)

The 126 carat stone is the largest diamond recovered since commercial mining operations commenced in January 2019 and the largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered from Mothae. It is the sixth +50 carat diamond recovered since Lucapa commenced its pre-production bulk sampling program at Mothae in 2018.

It comes shortly after Lucapa and its partners recovered a 130 carat gem-quality diamond from the Company’s high-value Lulo alluvial mine in Angola.

Lesotho Minister of Mining, the Honourable Keketso Sello, said the recovery of the 126 carat diamond represented another milestone for Lesotho’s highly-prospective diamond sector.

“Lesotho is very proud of its international reputation as a producer of large and high-quality diamonds and this latest recovery from our newest mine, Mothae, continues to demonstrate our nation’s great potential,” said Minister Sello.

Lucapa Managing Director Stephen Wetherall said the 126 carat diamond was further proof of the large stone and high-value nature of the Mothae kimberlite resource, which is located within 5km of Letseng, the world’s highest US$ per carat kimberlite diamond mine.

“We are delighted to have recovered our first +100 carat stone so early in our commercial mining campaign at Mothae, along with other rare Type IIa and fancy coloured gems, and look forward to unlocking the true value of this mine over the next decade and beyond,” said Wetherall.

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