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404.2-Carat Diamond That’s Virtually Flawless Is Found in Angola

Ali Gostanian | NBC News   in 
February 17, 2016

Good luck getting this rock on an engagement ring.

A “spectacular” 404.2-carat diamond — which is almost three inches long — has been found in Angola. It is the 27th biggest ever discovered, according to the Australia-based Lucapa Diamond Company.

It has been analyzed as a rare Type IIa, a category that makes up less than 1 percent of the world’s diamonds and means it is virtually flawless.

The diamond is the largest ever found in Angola, at almost twice the weight of the 217.4-carat “Angolan Star” recovered in 2007.

Lucapa did not give any indication of the value of the diamond, which was found at the Lulo mine, a deposit some 435 miles east of the capital Luanda.

The mine is run by Lucapa, which has a 40 percent interest, with the Angolan government-run diamond company Endiama and private firm Rosas e Petalas holding the other 32 and 28 percent respectively.

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