Gem Diamonds Finds 18th
Largest Rough Diamond in the World
The 18th Largest Rough Diamond in The World
Just when you thought they couldn’t top themselves, Gem Diamonds in partnership with the
Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho, has announced the recovery of a historic diamond from the Letsing Mine in
Lesotho. Subsequent to its recovery, the diamond was transferred to Antwerp where it underwent a thorough
examination and analysis.
Before we talk about the 18th largest rough diamond in the world, we should remind
you that back in August of 2006, it was Gem Diamonds and the Lesotho Government that found the world's
15th-largest rough diamond in the Letsing mine. They called that diamond the ‘Lesotho Promise,’ says, Lesotho's
Natural Resources Minister Mamphono Khaketla because, “… we promise you more of the same and better in the
True to his word, finding the world’s 18th largest rough diamond surely makes Gem
Diamonds and their partnership with the Lesotho Government one of the most remarkable partnerships in diamond
history. When you stop to think about it, Lesotho is a mere insignificant dot on the map, but deep beneath its
uninviting plateau, nature has endowed Lesotho with some of the most famous and brilliant diamonds in the world.
The grand scale and rich history of the African enclave's mines became crystal clear, after the discovery of the
world’s 18th largest rough diamond.
The 18th Largest Rough Diamond in The World Doesn’t Have a Name Yet
The diamond, which is yet to be named, ranks as the 18th largest
rough diamond ever to be recovered. It is the 3rd significant recovery from the Letsing mine in as many years,
following the 603 carat Lesotho Promise and the 493-carat Letsing Legacy recovered in 2006 and 2007
Take a look at the numbers; include the 601-carat Lesotho Brown, recovered in 1960, the Letsing mine has
now produced four of the world’s 20 largest rough diamonds and the three largest diamonds recovered this
century. How would you like to be the CEO, CFO or majority stockholder in Gem Diamonds about right now?
The Particulars on the 18th Largest Rough Diamond In The World
The unnamed diamond weighs in at an impressive 478-carats.
It is determined to be a type II color diamond, which is the highest color grading available for a
The diamond is of outstanding clarity with no inclusions visible in its rough form.
It has the potential to yield one of the largest flawless D color round polished diamonds in
Clifford Elphick, CEO of Gem Diamonds, stated, "Preliminary examination of this remarkable
diamond indicates that it will yield a record breaking polished stone of the very best color and clarity…”