478 carat rough diamond found in Africa

478 carat rough diamond found in Africa
# 22 September 2008 08:35 (UTC +04:00)
Lesotho – APA. 478 carat rough diamond has been found in the Kingdom of Lesotho. APA reports that the diamond has been found in the mine owned by Gem Diamonds. This is the 20th largest rough diamond ever recovered. Clifford Elphick, the chief executive of Gem Diamonds said: "Preliminary examination of this remarkable diamond indicates that it will yield a record-breaking polished stone of the very best colour and clarity."
After initial examinations by gemologists it is estimated the rock might yield a 150-carat polished gem stone.
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