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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Giant £10million 404-carat diamond found in Angola
Huge: The 404-carat diamond measures 7cm
A giant diamond, thought to be one of the biggest ever found, has been discovered in southern Africa.
Miners from an Australian company unearthed the virtually flawless white diamond in a remote part of Lunda Norte province in northeastern Angola.
The gemstone is thought to be 404 carats and valued at around £10million, according to the Lucapa Diamond Company.
Company chairman Miles Kennedy told Australian news outlet ABC the diamond - the largest ever found in Angola - is valued at around $14million US dollars.
He told the news channel: "We're not used to valuing 400-carat diamonds, but if we look at other diamonds slightly less weight than this, you're looking in the order of $20 million."
Expensive: The virtually flawless diamond is worth around £10million
The diamond measures 7cm long smashes the record set by the 'Angolan Star', a 217-carat diamond discovered in 2007.
Lupaca believes the huge gem is the 27th biggest diamond ever recorded.
The discovery was part of the Lulo Diamond Project, a partnership between Lucapa, private Angolan company Rosas e Pétalas and Angola’s national diamond company, Endiama, the Daily News reported.
Lucapa has been mining in the area since August last year.
February 16, 2016
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