Botswana: Karowe Yields Huge 341-Carat White Diamond
Lucara Diamond, owner and operator of the Karowe diamond mine in Botswana, has announced the recovery of an “unbroken 341 carat top white gem quality diamond”. The gem was sourced from the south western quadrant of the South Lobe M/PK(S) unit.
This isn’t the first big gem uncovered in Karowe. Other huge finds include the 549 carat Sethunya, 1758 carat Sewelô, the 1109 carat Lesedi La Rona and the 342 carat Queen of the Kalahari, among others. The latest 341-carat diamond is the 54th diamond greater than 200 carats to be recovered from Karowe since 2015.
Eira Thomas, Lucara’s CEO commented: “Lucara is extremely pleased to be starting off 2021 with the recovery of a 341 carat high quality white gem diamond that builds on previous historic recoveries […] The consistent recovery of these large diamonds is a testament to the continued strong resource and plant performance at Karowe and underpins our rationale for moving forward with the underground expansion program that will see mining continue for at least another 13 years after the open pit ceases operations in 2026 […]”.