An incredible discovery of a large 170-carat pink diamond in Angola, the largest gemstone found in at least 300 years, has made the country the center of conversations.
The diamond, nicknamed “Lulo Rose,” was found within the Lulo alluvial diamond mine, consistent with the mine’s owner, Lucapa Diamond Company, which announced the find on its website on Wednesday.
The Lulo mine has already produced the 2 largest diamonds ever found in Angola, including a 404-carat clear diamond.
According to sources, the Lulo Pink diamond, as it is now famously called, is the fifth-largest diamond of any type or form discovered at the mine. This is quite impressive, since the same mine has been credited for the discovery of at least 27 diamonds, each of 100 carats or more, similar to those discovered in Lucapa mine of Australia.
The rare pink diamond is being sold by Angola’s state-owned diamond trading company, Sodiam, in a world tender. With its mines, Angola is one among the top 10 diamond producers in the world.
“This record and spectacular pink diamonds recovered from Lulo still show Angola as a major player on the global diamond mining scene and demonstrate the potential and rewards for engaging and investing in our growing diamond mining industry,” Diamantino Azevedo, Minister of natural resource of Angola, oil and gas, the Lucapa website said.
While the pink diamond is of substantial size, many clear diamonds are larger than 1,000 carats. The Cullinan diamond, found in South Africa in 1905, weighs 3,106 carats and is on British sovereign’s scepter.
The largest known pink diamond is the Daria-i-Noor, discovered in India, which experts believe was cut from a good larger stone.
The largest rough diamond of any color ever recorded is the Cullinan Diamond, found in South Africa in 1905.