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Big-Stone Recoveries Return as Letšeng Reopens

87-carat white and 60-carat yellow among latest finds at Gem Diamonds mine in Lesotho.
May 5, 2020 7:29 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Gem Diamonds has recovered a number of large, high-quality stones at its Letšeng mine in Lesotho, all found in the first week after production resumed following the COVID-19 lockdown.

They include a 60-carat, light-yellow, type I diamond, and three D-color, white, type II diamonds weighing 87, 66 and 23 carats, the company said Monday. It also found several diamonds over 10.8 carats.

Between February and March, the miner unearthed four white diamonds weighing 88, 56, 53 and 33 carats. It has also retrieved two diamonds over 100 carats so far this year, and a 13.33-carat pink.

Gem Diamonds restarted production at Letšeng last week after the government allowed the mining sector to reopen following an extended shutdown. Lesotho remains on lockdown until May 5.

Image: The latest rough-diamond recoveries from Letšeng. (Gem Diamonds)
Tags: COVID-19, Gem Diamonds, Letšeng, Letšeng mine, Rapaport News
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