Lucara Diamond Corp. recently recovered a 327-carat (ct) white diamond from its Karowe mine in Botswana. A total of eight diamonds greater than 100 ct have now been recovered at Karowe since the beginning of the year, including the 472-ct diamond announced in early April.
“In 2018, mining at Karowe is focused in the high-value south lobe, which consistently delivers large, high-quality diamonds in excess of 10.8 ct,” said Eira Thomas, CEO, Lucara. “The 472 ct is the third-largest diamond ever recovered from the mine.”
The company will hold an exceptional stone tender in June that will include the sale of the 327- and the 472-carat diamonds, along with other qualifying diamonds that have been recovered since the start of the year. Viewings will be held in Gaborone, Botswana, between June 10 and June 19 with the tender scheduled to close at 4 p.m. CET on June 19.
In February, Lucara acquired Clara, a secure, digital, rough diamond sales platform that combines proprietary analytics with existing cloud and blockchain technologies to modernize the current diamond supply chain. Commercialization work has since commenced, under a budget of approximately US$2 million, and is tracking on schedule for implementation using diamonds from Karowe, beginning in August.