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Lucapa recovers “exceptional” 64 carat diamond at Mothae in Lesotho

Type IIa D-colour gem is the best individual diamond yet recovered from Mothae reveals Lucapa

Lucapa Diamond Company and the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho have announced the recovery of an exceptional 64-carat diamond from the Mothae kimberlite mine’s higher margin zones in the southern pit.

Lucapa Managing Director Stephen Wetherall said the Type IIa D-colour gem is considered the best individual diamond yet recovered from Mothae, further underlining its status as a source of large and premium-value stones.

Back in May, Lucapa recovered a 126-carat diamond from the same mine. That is the largest gem the miner has found at the Lesotho-based project, which is a joint venture between Lucapa (70%) and the Lesotho government (30%).

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Perth-based Lucapa acquired Mothae back in 2017 with commercial production beginning in December last year, via a new 1.1 million tonne-per-year plant which is progressively ramping up. The mine is currently expected to yield 22,000 carats per year.
 

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