Gem Diamonds has recovered a 179 carat rough diamond from its Letšeng mine in Lesotho.
The miner found the high quality, type I diamond on Thanksgiving Day, it said last week. The stone is the 16th diamond over 100 carats the company has found this year. Earlier this month, Gem Diamonds unearthed 104 and 111 carat specimens from the deposit.
The company has already found more diamonds over 100 carats this year than in 2019, when it reported 11 rough diamonds of that magnitude.
Letšeng also yielded a 14.09 carat, pink, type II diamond of high quality last week from its mine in Lesotho.
The miner unearthed the “top quality” type II stone from the deposit on November 24, it said Wednesday. The discovery comes after the company found a 77 carat yellow diamond at the mine in September.
Gem Diamonds has also found 14 diamonds weighing over 100 carats this year, including 104 and 111 carat diamonds earlier this month.