Better Technology Yields a 692 Carat Diamond at the Karowe Mine in Botswana
The Lucara Diamond Corp. has announced the recovery of a 692.3 carat diamond (image above) from its 100% owned Karowe Diamond Mine located in Botswana (image below).
The diamond, measuring 46.5 x 40.7 x 28.4 mm is Type IIa, recovered in the TOMRA MDR XRT (TOMRA’s Mega Diamond Recovery X-ray Transmission unit) at Karowe. The 692.3 carat diamond represents the fourth +300 carat diamond recovered year to date and shortly follows on the recovery of the 1,080 carat Type IIa earlier in August.
Uncovering more large diamond crystals is a story we have been following here in the Roskin Gem News. Better technology appears to be saving the larger stones before being crushed into smaller pieces from old technology. Read more here.
William Lamb, CEO commented: “The successful track record of delivering some of the World’s largest diamonds continues with the recent recovery of a 692.3 carat diamond. This stone is the 20th diamond larger than 100 carats recovered, during 2023, at Karowe. The recovery of large diamonds from the South Lobe strongly supports our expectations for the underground project where the majority of material mined will constitute this phase of kimberlite during the first years of Underground production.”
This announcement comes just weeks after a change in leadership, with Lamb taking over for Eira Thomas, co-founder of Lucara Diamond Corp. More on this can be read here.