Big Diamonds Found in Africa—and Arkansas

Two surprisingly large diamond finds have taken place—one in South Africa, and the other closer to home. A yellowish 235 ct. diamond was recently discovered at the Schmidtsdrift diamond mine in South Africa. The octahedral gem is said to be of “very good” quality. In an interview on South African radio, David Lenigas, of mine owner Nare Diamonds, said it was “the size of a small egg,” but he didn’t know its value yet. “A big diamond like that’s like a piece of art,” he said. “You really don’t know until we get the valuations out in the next couple of weeks … but it will certainly be in the tune of a couple of million U.S. dollars.” The episode shows the unpredictable nature of diamond mining. The Schmidtsdrift is a small mine that was shut down three years ago and had been back in production for only a few weeks when the big stone was found. “If you’
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