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Lucapa recovers 12th +100 carat diamond from Lulo

20 february 2019

Lucapa Diamond has recovered a 128 carat top-colour white Type IIa stone from its 40 percent-owned Lulo mine, in Angola.
This was the 12th +100 carat diamond recovered to date from the alluvial diamond mine. 
“It was among the Specials recovered recently from Mining Block 6, along with a 7.5 carat fancy purple pink gem,” said Lucapa.  

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Image credit: Lucapa Diamond


A 7.5 carat fancy purple pink was also recovered from the mine.
The Lulo partners were expected to include the 128 carat diamond and 7.5 carat fancy purple pink in the next international tender, along with the 75 carat Type IIa top-colour diamond recovered towards the end of 2018.
Lulo recently had a historic tender of seven large, top-quality diamonds, in Angola, which raked in $22.9 million at an average price of $33,530 per carat.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished