Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Monster 1,098 carat stone unearthed in Botswana

A 1,098.30 carat diamond was recovered in June from the south pipe at the Jwaneng mine. It is the largest gem quality diamond  since diamonds were discovered in Botswana in 1967. The diamond is the world’s third-largest and one of only four stones over 1,000 carats ever unearthed. The 3,106-carat Cullinan, discovered in South Africa in 1905; the 1,758-carat Sewelo, unearthed at Lucara’s Karowe mine in Botswana in April 2019; and the 1,111 Lesedi la Rona, also found in Botswana in 2015.

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

204-Carat ‘Dancing Sun’ Yellow Diamond makes $4.9m

Top lot of the Christie’s New York Magnificent Jewels auction is the “Dancing Sun,” a fancy intense yellow diamond of 204.36 carats with VVS2 clarity. The cushion modified brilliant-cut gem was estimated $3.5m to $5.5m. It was cut and polished from a single rough yellow diamond of 552.74 carats, the largest rough diamond ever discovered in North America. The diamond was unearthed in October 2018 in the Diavik Mine.