Diamond miner Alrosa recently unearthed a 17.44-carat fancy colour diamond from a new mine in Yakutia, which became operational in 2018.
The bright yellow gem-quality diamond was recovered in mid-February from the Zapolyarnaya kimberlite pipe, a part of the Verkhne-Munskoye deposit. The transparent crystal with a habit transitional between octahedron and dodecahedron has dimensions of 18mm by 20mm by 9 mm.
“This is the first rough diamond with a bright colour found at the Verkhne-Munskoye since it was launched in 2018,” said Evgeny Agureev, deputy CEO of Alrosa. “The United Selling Organization of Alrosa will assess and evaluate this stone in detail. We hope this deposit will give us more large and interesting discoveries in future.”
Alrosa mines rough fancy colour diamonds mostly in the Arkhangelsk region and in the north of Yakutia. Coloured gem-quality stones account for less than 0.1 per cent of Alrosa’s overall output.