341-carat diamond discovered in Botswana

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: The 1109-carat rough Lesedi La Rona diamond. The stone was found by Lucara Diamond Corp. at its Karowe mine in Botswana in 2015. Two diamonds exceeding 300 carats were discovered at the same mine in recent weeks. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Canadian miner Lucara Diamond has discovered a 341-carat top white gem quality diamond from its Karowe Diamond Mine in southern African country Botswana.

According to the company, the 341-carat diamond was recovered over the festive holiday period from milling of ore.

“Lucara is extremely pleased to be starting off 2021 with the recovery of a 341-carat high quality white gem diamond that builds on previous historic recoveries which include the 549-carat Sethunya, 1,758-carat Sewelo, the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona and the 342-carat Queen of the Kalahari,” said Eira Thomas, Lucara’s Chief Executive Officer on Friday in a statement issued to shareholders through the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE).

Thomas further said the 341-carat diamond represents the 54th diamond greater than 200 carats to be recovered from Karowe since 2015.

“The consistent recovery of these large diamonds is a testament to the continued strong resource and plant performance at Karowe and underpins our rationale for moving forward with the underground expansion program,” Thomas said.