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Lucapa’s Mothae Stones Fetch $3.5M

Individual stones achieved $26,000 per carat at the tender.
May 29, 2019 10:29 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Lucapa Diamond Company garnered $3.5 million at the second tender of diamonds from its Mothae mine in Lesotho, with stones selling for up to $26,000 per carat, it said Wednesday.

The miner sold 7,008 carats of rough stones at the Antwerp tender, and based on the results, is considering a third sale in the second quarter. That tender would include a 126-carat diamond the Australia-based miner recovered earlier this month, as well as other type IIa stones weighing 15 carats, 13 carats and 12 carats. Lucapa began commercial production at Mothae in January.

Including the proceeds from this tender, Lucapa has brought in revenue of $7.3 million from sales of Mothae diamonds this year. The stones have fetched an average overall price of $588 per carat for regular production, and $729 per carat for diamonds in +11 sieve sizes.

To date, mining at Mothae has been restricted to the lower-value portion of the deposit due to water in the higher-value southern pit. In the second half of the fiscal year, the miner will complete construction on a dam wall that will enable it to begin processing ore from that higher-value area, it noted.

“We continue to be encouraged by the regular recovery of specials, and sales results achieved from the supposed lower-margin areas of…Mothae,” said Lucapa managing director Stephen Wetherall.

Image: Image: Rough diamonds from the Mothae tender. (Lucapa Diamond Company)
Tags: Lesotho, lucapa, Lucapa Diamond Company, Mothae, Mothae Mine, Rapaport News, Stephen Wetherall
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