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