An Australian mining company has unearthed a diamond bonanza on its claim in the African nation of Angola, where the operation has uncovered a kimberlite pipe whose yields have already included a stunning 131.50 carat gem-quality diamond (pictured above).
The claim is joint owned by Lonrho Mining Co. and the Angolan government. Other large diamonds were discovered in the same haul, promising an exciting future for this deposit.
Most of the world’s largest rough diamonds have been discovered in Africa. Despite this gem’s immense size, it’s dwarfed by the record-holding Cullinan Diamond of South Africa, which weighed in at over 3,000 carats.
See diamond mining in action in this video from Faye’s African diamond tour.