On Monday Firestone Diamonds announced that they did in fact recover another ‘monster of a diamond’ at its Liqhobong Mine in Lesotho.
The international diamond mining company with operations focused in Lesotho, released a statement saying that they recovered a 72-carat yellow diamond, along with two other spectacular gems.
“The 72-carat diamond was recovered together with a 22-carat makeable white stone, followed by an 11-carat fancy light-pink stone. These diamonds will go on sale at the next tender which is scheduled to take place during May 2019.”
According to the company, this is the second 70 carat stone recovered from the operation this calendar year.
Earlier this year Firestone recovered a 70-carat white, makeable which was sold during a March auction.
The diamond was reportedly sold for a record price.
It was a good weekend for us, recovering a 72 carat yellow diamond as well as two smaller, high quality stones from our Liqhobong mine in Lesotho https://t.co/eeMwFmsZoc #Diamonds #Mining pic.twitter.com/PnYNodrr6W
— Firestone Diamonds (@FDIplc) April 8, 2019
Paul Bosma, Chief Executive Officer of Firestone Diamonds said:
“It was a good weekend for us, recovering the 72 carat diamond as well as the two smaller, high quality stones from within the northern, lower grade part of the pit. These recoveries will certainly assist in supporting the average value of the next sale in May.”
— Firestone Diamonds (@FDIplc) February 28, 2019
According to their official site, their biggest find to date was in October 2018. The company found a 326-carat near-gem and “although not valuable it does show that the Liqhobong orebody contains large outliers and that the plant can recover them intact”.
After going through the cleaning process the diamond weighed 311-carat.