July 15, 2021
A 62.7-carat fancy pink diamond has been unearthed by Vancouver’s Lucara Diamond at its Karowe Mine.
Dubbed ‘Boitumelo’ (meaning ‘Joy’ in Setswana), the high-quality stone is the largest fancy pink gem ever found in Botswana, as well as one of world’s largest rough pink diamonds on record.
The Type IIa gem and was recovered from direct milling of ore sourced from the EM/PK(S) unit of the South Lobe, Lucara says. A ‘superb’ 22.21-carat fancy pink gem of similar quality was also recovered during the same production period along with two additional pink gems of similar colour and purity, weighing 11.17 and 5.05 carats.
“Lucara is delighted to announce another historic diamond with the recovery of the Boitumelo, and very pleased to demonstrate the continued potential for large, coloured diamonds from the South Lobe production,” says CEO, Eira Thomas. “These remarkable pink diamonds join a collection of significant diamond recoveries in 2021 produced from the EM/PK(S), which forms a key economic driver for the proposed underground mine at Karowe.”
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