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Alrosa names Huge Gem After Northern Folklore Heroine

The gem was found at the vast Arctic territory of Yakutia
Kundan diamond rough diamond
Credit: Alrosa

Russian mining giant Alrosa has named a newly mined yellow-brown 91.86 carat diamond “Kyndykan” after a folklore heroine from the Far North.

 

Underground diamond mining Russia
Credit: Alrosa

 

According to Alrosa, Kyndykan was a little girl “who was miraculously found alive 200 years ago by Yakut hunters near the Verkhoyansk Mountains in an ancestral settlement completely wiped out by smallpox.” The legend of Kyndykan now symbolizes “spiritual strength and unique values of the indigenous peoples of the Far North.”

 

Rough Diamonds
Credit: Alrosa

 

The Kyndykan diamond is yellow-brown, measures 25х16х22 mm, and was mined in 2021 at one of the alluvial diamond deposits at Diamonds of Anabar, a subsidiary of Alrosa which operates across the vast Arctic territory of Yakutia.



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