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A 128-carat diamond has been found in a mine in Lulo, northeast of Angola, which is the 12th time a stone of more than 100 carats is recovered in that region, according to a statement from Australian Lucapa Diamond Company.
The Lulo mine, part of the Lucapa mining complex, in Lunda Norte, is operated in partnership with Angola’s National Diamond Company (Endiama).
The mine has been “prolific” in “special stones” (higher than 10.8 carats), the company said, adding that another pink gem of 7.5 carats was found at the same time.
The company did not mention when the stones had been found but recalled that the two stones were recovered days after Angola held an auction of high-quality diamonds at the end of January, which yielded $16.7 million (€14.5 million), achieving an “exceptional price” of $33.53 (€29.50) per carat.
The seven diamonds – of 114.92, 85.24, 75.62, 70.08, 62.05, 46.17 and 43.25 carats – are all from Sociedade Mineira de Lulo, in Lunda Norte, an area that appears to have great potential for new special stones.Source: Lusa