The Murowa Diamond Mine: The Great White Hope
The Murowa Diamond Mine, an open pit mining operation located near Zvishavane in south-central Zimbabwe, is operated byRio Tinto Diamonds. In 1997, three diamond-bearing kimberlite pipes were discovered; after rigorous study, two were found to be economically feasible.
According to Rio Tinto, production from Murowa began in 2004, and the mine now produces around 400,000 carats per annum of large, predominantly white, gem-quality diamonds.
Since 2004, over one million carats have been produced and sold internationally. 10% of Murowa Diamonds’ production is reserved for the local Zimbabwe cutting and polishing industry.