The Russian mining company, ALROSA recently announced the discovery of a 102.85-carat diamond that is worth more than US$480,000. The discovery was made at its Jubilee Kimberlite pipe by the company’s Aikhal Mining and Processing Division. This division of the company also digs precious stones from the Jubilee and Komsomols open pits and the Aikhal underground mine.
The octahedral shaped diamond with a slight yellowish hue was mined in September. According to the statement released by ALROSA, it has been found that the diamond contains small olivine, graphite and sulfide inclusions.
The mining company expressed its happiness in discovering the large diamond and said that it was largely due to the technological advancements made in mining. The company said that they have been using advanced technology at its production facility which helped them recover exceptionally large stones without causing any breakage.
Another large diamond, weighing 254 (as a rough diamond) was found a couple of years back by the company. Estimated worth of around US$1.5 million and US$2 million was placed on the diamond. The diamond was also mined from the Jubilee pipe by the Aikhal Mining and Concentration Mill. The company has also mined six diamonds weighing between 50 and 120 carats from the Jubilee pipe last year.