Botswana’s largest-ever pink diamond recovered

July 15, 2021

Vancouver mining company Lucara has unearthed a 62.7-carat fancy pink diamond from its Karowe Mine in Botswana. Photos courtesy Lucara Diamond[1]
Vancouver mining company Lucara has unearthed a 62.7-carat fancy pink diamond from its Karowe Mine in Botswana.
Photos courtesy Lucara Diamond

A 62.7-carat fancy pink diamond has been unearthed by Vancouver’s Lucara Diamond at its Karowe Mine.

A ‘superb’ 22.21-carat fancy pink gem of similar quality was found during the same production period along with two additional pink gems of similar colour and purity.[2]
A ‘superb’ 22.21-carat fancy pink gem of similar quality was found during the same production period along with two additional pink gems of similar colour and purity.

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.”

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.jewellerybusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SA_Lucara.jpg
  2. [Image]: https://www.jewellerybusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SA_Lucara2.jpg

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