ALROSA announced it has recovered a 51.49-carat gem-quality rough diamond from its new Verkhne-Munskoe diamond deposit, that was commissioned on October 31. This is the first large diamond that the deposit has yielded. The transparent octahedron crystal with a slight yellow hue recovered from the Zapolyarnaya pipe – one of four kimberlite pipes at the deposit.
"It is the first rough diamond over 50 carats from Verkhnyaya Muna. We have just started mining here, so it is a very promising event, evidence of the deposit’s good potential,” said Alexander Makhrachev, Director of ALROSA’s Udachny Mining and Processing Division, which operates the deposit.
Yhe Verkhne-Munskoe diamond deposit is located in Western Yakutia, 170 km from Udachny. Four kimberlite pipes have been explored so far –the Zapolyarnaya, Deimos, Novinka and Komsomolskaya-Magnitnaya. The deposit is expected to yield some 1.8 million carats of rough diamonds per year, and its reserves are projected at lasting more than 20 years.