The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed Lucapa Diamond Company, announced that it had recovered a 64-carat D colour Type IIa diamond from its Mothae mine in Lesotho. The mine is jointly owned by Lucapa and the government of Lesotho.
The diamond was recovered from the Mothae mine’s higher-margin zones in the southern pit, which have only recently become operational after dewatering.
Lucapa Managing Director Stephen Wetherall said that the stone is the best individual diamond recovered to date from the new Mother mine and further underlines its status as a source of large and premium-value stones.
Wetherall observed, “The recovery of this exceptional 64-carat gem also represents a great start to our mining campaign in the higher margin zones in the southern pit at Mothae.”
The commencement of dewatering of the southern pit into the main 500,000 cubic metre water dam currently under construction at the mine has enabled the transition of mining operations into the higher margin zone. Mining is scheduled to continue in the southern pit throughout the rest of this year.