Largest Yellow Diamond Unearthed in Canada Mine
The Dominion Diamond Mines, a Canadian diamond mining company, announced their astonishing discovery of a 552-carat yellow gemstone on December 17th, 2018.
Found in October 2018 at the Diavik Diamond Mine in Calgary, the 552-carat yellow stone currently holds the record as the largest diamond ever found in North America, surpassing the company’s previous record-holding diamond – the 188-carat ‘Diavik Foxfire.’
"Our Diavik Mine has produced some of the most beautiful diamonds in the world, and this one certainly tops the list."
It has been reported that this recently unearthed yellow gemstone is roughly the size of a chicken egg, weighs about twice the amount of tennis ball and overall three times bigger than the Foxfire, which was also found at the same Diavik mine.
“The color and texture of the diamond are a unique example of the journey that natural diamonds take from their formation until we unearth them,” stated Kyle Washington, Chairman of Dominion Diamond Mines, the company that owns the mine where the diamond was found.
He added, “Our Diavik Mine has produced some of the most beautiful diamonds in the world, and this one certainly tops the list.”
The jaw-dropping stone measures 1.3 inches by 2.14 inches (33.74 millimeters by 54.56 millimeters). The gemstone will not be sold in its current rough form but will instead be cut and polished in the coming weeks.
Though the estimate value of the diamond has not yet been determined, it is noted that the infamous Foxfire stone previously find by Diavik was eventually cut into two pear-shaped earrings, was auctioned for $1.5m (£1.2m).
"The size and highly technical nature of this stone means that only a handful of master cutters in the world are qualified to polish it, ensuring that the stone's beauty, color and brilliance are maximized," the company said.