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Lesotho Promise…

Nov 7th, 2012

Lesotho Promise…

The Lesotho Promise, a 603 carat diamond stone of exceptional colour was unearthed on 22 August 2006 at the Letseng diamond mine in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.  Announced on the 4th of October 2006, it is the largest reported find this century and the 15th largest diamond ever found.

The diamond was sold at an auction on 9 October 2006 in Antwerp, Belgium, for US$12.4 million. The buyer, The South African Diamond Corporation (SAFDICO), expected to sell the diamond for more than 20 million dollars after cutting.

In July 2007 the finished stones were unveiled. The largest gem cut from the crystal is a 75 carat pear-shaped diamond, and the smallest is a 0.55 carat round brilliant.  In all, twenty-six stones were fashioned from the rough gem, figuring as seven pear shapes, four emerald cuts, thirteen round brilliants and one heart shape.The finished gems total 224 carat.

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