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185-carat white diamond found in Lesotho

185-carat white diamond found in Lesotho

November 2nd, 2010 in News

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Miners in the kingdom of Lesotho say they have found a 185-carat white diamond.

In a statement Tuesday, Gem Diamonds Ltd. and the Lesotho government say the diamond was found in late October in the Letseng mine. They say a 196-carat white diamond was found in the same mine in August.

Gem chief executive Clifford Elphick says Letseng, which is co-owned by Gem and the Lesotho kingdom, has frequently yielded "remarkable diamonds."

Gem also has operations in Angola, Australia, Botswana, the Central African Republic, Dubai, Lesotho, Mauritius and Indonesia.

Lesotho is surrounded by South Africa.