Gem Diamonds recovered a 123.5-carat high-quality Type II white diamond at its Letšeng mine in Lesotho on Saturday, 20 July, the company announced this week. This find brings to three the number of white diamonds weighing more than 100 carats the miner has unearthed this year, and it is its second in the month of July. Gem recovered a similar 'high-quality white diamond' weighing 140 carats July 6,
Last March, the miner recovered a 161-carat white stone from its famous mine; it has also unearthed two large yellow diamonds weighing 134 and 135 carats, bringing their 100-carat-plus finds to five for the year to date. The stone that packed the most punch, however, was a 13.33-carat pink diamond they sold to Graff on tender in Antwerp for $8,750,360, setting a new high on per carat basis for a Letšeng diamond at $656,933.