Lucapa Diamond Co. together with its partners Endiama and Rosas & Petalas recovered a 235 carat (ct) Type IIa diamond, the second largest ever recovered from Lulo. The stone is the 40th +100 ct and fourth +200 ct diamond to be recovered from the mine. It comes a week after the recovery of a 208-ct Type IIa diamond.
The 235-ct stone was recovered from Mining Block 550, which is immediately south of Mining Block 19, an area which has yielded eight +100 carat diamonds.
“Lulo continues to demonstrate it is a prolific producer of large diamonds,” Lucapa Diamonds Managing Director Nick Selby said. “To unearth three +100 carat diamonds – with two being over 200 carats in such a short space of time from different areas of the concession, makes us more determined to find the primary source, by dedicating even more resources to the exploration program.”
It is expected this diamond will be included in a special tender, together with the 123- and 208-ct diamonds recovered earlier in the quarter and is being organized by Sodiam E.P in Luanda for later this month.