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News24.com | Massive $14m diamond found in Angola

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Luanda - A 404-carat diamond measuring more than seven centimetresin length and valued at more than $14.3m has been unearthed in Angola, anAustralian mining company has announced.

The Lucapa diamond company said

in a statement on Monday that thediamond was the largest ever found in Angola and was believed to be the 27thlargest in the world.

"The 404.2 carat diamond was recovered from mining block 8 atLulo, which has already produced more than 60 large special diamonds sincemining commenced in this area in August 2015," the company said.

Miles Kennedy, chairperson of Perth-based Lucapa, told Australianmedia that the white diamond was worth more than 20 million Australian dollars(US$14.3m).

Lulo, in northeast Angola, is part of Catoca, the world's fourthbiggest diamond mine.

Endiama, Angola's national diamond company, said it was "asignificant day for our country, our diamond industry and for the Lulo diamondproject."

A 1 111 carat diamond was discovered at a mine in Botswana lastyear in the biggest find for more than a century.

That gem is only second in size to the Cullinan diamond which wasunearthed in South Africa in 1905.

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