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:: 507 Carat Diamond Found at Petra

Petra Diamonds has recovered one of the world's 20 largest, high-quality white diamonds at the Cullinan mine in South Africa.

The massive 507.55 carat diamond, found on Sept. 24, could be worth about $20 million, and is expected to cover costs at the mine for two years, Finance Director David Abery said.

"Initial examinations indicate that it is of exceptional colour and clarity," Petra Diamonds said, adding it was found alongside other large white diamonds of 168 carats, 58.50 carats and 53.30 carats.

"The Cullinan mine has again given the world a spectacularly beautiful and important diamond," said Chief Executive Johan Dippenaar, noting Cullinan was the source of the world's largest gem diamond ever recovered, at 3,106 carats rough.




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