Gem Diamonds has unveiled a 115-carat, high-quality diamond from its Letseng mine

 
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The high-quality 115 carat, D-colour Type IIa diamond was found in Lesotho
The high-quality 115 carat, D-colour Type IIa diamond was found in Lesotho (Source: Gem Diamonds)

Gem Diamonds has unearthed its sixth diamond of more than 100 carats this year from its Letseng mine in Lesotho, southern Africa.

Shares in the London-listed miner lifted 1.37 per cent to 71.97p in morning trading after it unveiled its high-quality 115 carat, D-colour, or near colourless, Type IIa diamond.

Gem Diamonds owns 70 per cent of the Letseng mine, which it said is the highest dollar-per-carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world. The government of Lesotho owns the rest of the mine.

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Earlier this year, Gem Diamonds warned the market for rough and polished diamonds was "cautious", but strong demand for Letseng's large, high-quality, white rough diamonds continued.

The company's revenue fell 14 per cent in the first half of the year due to lower production and a decline in average diamond prices.

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