a 101-carat rough from Mothae mine in Lesotho.
Lucapa Diamond Company found the D-color, type IIa diamond in the mine’s southern lobe region, it said last week. It’s the fourth 100-carat-plus rough the miner has recovered from the site since it commenced operations in January 2019.
Last week, Lucapa unearthed a 127-carat, high-quality diamond from its Lulo mine in Angola.
Lucapa is planning an expansion of Mothae, which it expects to complete in the first quarter of 2021. That will likely increase output at the mine by 60%, the company noted.
“The recovery of this exceptional 101-carat diamond brings a positive end to 2020 for Mothae and its hardworking teams,” Lucapa managing director Stephen Wetherall said. “[We] look forward to completing the capacity expansion already underway at Mothae and to producing many more exceptional diamonds from this resource.”