Lucapa Diamond Company and its partner, the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho (GoL), have announced the recovery of a 215-carat diamond from the Mothae kimberlite mine in Lesotho.
Lucapa said the 215 carat stone – which follows the recovery of an exceptional 101 carat diamond late last year – is the largest Type IIa D-colour white diamond, the second +200 carat diamond and the fifth +100 carat diamond recovered through the 1.1Mtpa Mothae plant since commercial diamond mining operations commenced in 2019.
Lucapa Managing Director Stephen Wetherall said Lucapa and the GoL aim to further increase the frequency in recovery of these large and valuable diamonds, adding that this objective was the primary rationale for the company’s additional foreign direct investment that will see diamond production increase at Mothae by the end of Q1 2021.
“The continued recovery of large diamonds at Mothae validates the recent investment decision to expand capacity at the mine,” Mr Wetherall said.
“Lucapa has now produced 23 +100 carat diamonds, four of which are greater than 200 carats (across its Mothae mine in Lesotho and its Lulo mine in Angola) and we, together with the GoL as mine partner in Lesotho and Endiama and Rosas & Petalas as mine partners in Angola, look forward to many more such exceptional mining recoveries.”