Lucapa Diamond Company Limited, Empresa Nacional de Diamantes E.P. (Endiama) and Rosas & Petalas have announced the recovery of the 23rd +100 carat diamond by Sociedade Mineira Do Lulo (SML) from the Lulo alluvial diamond mine located approximately 630 kilometres east of the Angolan capital of Luanda.
The 144 carat Type IIa D-colour diamond recovered from Mining Block 08 (MB08), is the sixth +100 carat diamond recovered in 2021 so far and 23rd +100 carat stone recovered at Lulo since exploration and mining operations began.
Lucapa’s Managing Director, Stephen Wetherall, said including the first +100 carat recovery from MB46 as 2020 ended, SML has now recovered seven +100 carat diamonds in a little over three months
“With these +100 carat recoveries and the two Special pink diamonds in inventory, SML is well-positioned to achieve record diamond revenues for the first half of 2021.”
Commercial diamond production at Lulo commenced in 2015.