Australian company discovers largest ever diamond in Angola

16 February 2016

Australia’s Lucapa Diamond Company has discovered a 404-carat diamond (80.8 grams) in Angola, the largest ever found in the country and the 27th globally, the company said in a statement released Monday.

Stephen Wetherall, CEO of the company, noted the special nature that the Lulo diamond concession had for the Lucapa Diamond Company, adding that “this discovery, in addition to other diamonds of more than 100 carats found, is the biggest proof of that. ”

The previous record belonged to a diamond with 217.4 carats (43.48 grams), discovered in 2007 and which was named “Star of Angola”.

The largest diamond ever discovered, “Cullinan”, was 3,106 carats (621.2 grams) and was found in South Africa in 1905 and was later embedded in the royal sceptre of the British Crown.

The Lucapa Diamond Company’s Angolan partners in this project are state company Empresa Nacional de Angola Diamonds (Endiama) and private group Rosas & Pétalas.

The Lulo concession area is 150 kilometres from the Catoca diamond mine, which has the largest kimberlite in Angola and the fourth largest in the world, both of which are located in the same geological area. (macauhub/AO)