Petra Diamonds Limited was pleased to confirm that they've unearthed more of 'a girl's best friend'.
The mining company announced in a statement Friday that it had recovered a 100.83 carat D-Colour Type II gem quality diamond, following another recent recovery of a 6.12 carat Type II blue stone at its Cullinan mine near Pretoria in Gauteng.
“These recoveries demonstrate the prevalence of these types of stones in the Cullinan orebody as well as the ability of the mine’s plant to recover the full spectrum of diamonds,” read the communiqué.
Both stones will be included in the Company’s upcoming March 2019 tender.
The 117-year-old mine boasts the world’s biggest diamond discovery, the 3106ct Cullinan Diamond. It was given to King Edward the VII on his 66th birthday and posted to England under normal package post.
The largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found, was cut into 105 diamonds including the Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa, 530.2 carats (106.04 g), and the Cullinan II or the Lesser Star of Africa, 317.4 carats (63.48 g), both of which are now part of the British Crown Jewels.
Cullinan Diamond Mine is a carrot shaped volcanic pipe and has a surface area of 42 hectares – about 40 soccer pitches.