Unique 98.8 carat diamond unearthed in Russia’s Far North

Russian-based world chief in diamond mining, Alrosa, has mined a gem-quality diamond weighing nearly 100 carats at its deposit in the northeastern area of Yakutia. It is the second-largest gem ever discovered on the facility.

The diamond, which has an octahedral form, was discovered on the Zapolyarnaya kimberlite pipe, which is the a part of the Verkhne-Munskoye diamond deposit, on February 17. Despite having some inclusions, the tough diamond is clear with a visual yellow shade.

The just lately mined trove proves that the diamond mine in Yakutia, which is Alrosa’s largest funding undertaking, has nice potential, in keeping with the corporate.

“This is the second major find since the launch of the deposit last October. It allows us to speak about the great potential of the Verkhne-Munskoye deposit,” the diamond producer mentioned in a press release.

The first massive gem, weighing 51.49 carats, was mined on the Verkhne-Munskoye facility final yr, shortly after the official launch on October 31. Back then, Alrosa pledged to speculate 60 billion rubles ($910 million) in the undertaking by 2042. The discipline’s reserves are sufficient to proceed mining operations for greater than 20 years, and it’s anticipated to yield about 1.Eight million carats of diamonds a yr.