FOOTBALL-SHAPED DIAMOND FOUND BY ALROSA
Russian mining giant Alrosa, an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup, announced the discovery of a diamond resembling a football.
According to Mining Weekly, the diamond was recovered on July 4 – just three days before Russia lost to Croatia in the quarter finals. Over the weekend, Alrosa said that the diamond was discovered at Karpinskaya-1 pipe in Arkhangelskiy region.
Last week, Alrosa announced an open competition for the best “football” name for a large rough diamond weighing 76.53 carats. The stone is at the core of a special “football” collection launched by Alrosa. The collection, comprising 33 large special rough diamonds in all, has been auctioned from June 25 to June 30 in Moscow. Fans can offer a name for the huge stone, and the winner will receive a ticket to the final game of the FIFA World Cup 2018, as well as certificate with the new name.