Massive gem-quality diamond unearthed in Lesotho


Gem Diamonds Ltd has recovered a 910-carat, D-colour, Type IIA rough diamond of “exceptional” quality from the Letšeng mine in Lesotho, the company announced recently.

The diamond, the most sizeable stone so far mined from Letšeng, is believed to be the fifth largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered, according to the company. It also described Letšeng as the the highest dollar-per-carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world.

Clifford Elphick, Gem Diamonds’ CEO, commented: “Since Gem Diamonds acquired Letšeng in 2006, the mine has produced some of the world’s most remarkable diamonds, including the 603-carat Lesotho Promise. However, this exceptional top-quality diamond is the largest to be mined to date and highlights the unsurpassed quality of the Letšeng mine. This is a landmark recovery for all of Gem Diamonds’ stakeholders, including our employees, shareholders and the Government of Lesotho, our partner in the Letšeng mine.”

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