2019 has been a great year for diamond miners in Africa, with some record gemstones being unveiled! Here are our top 12 from South Africa, Angola, Botswana and Lesotho. Do you know of any other diamond discoveries in Africa, worth mentioning?


The Top 12 African Diamond finds for 2019

  1. Botswana

Company: Lucara Diamond Corporation

Mine: Karowe

Diamond: 127 carat, top white gem diamond

Month Recovered: January


  1. Botswana          

Company: Lucara Diamond Corporation

Mine: Karowe

Diamond: 223 carat, high white gem diamond

Month Recovered: February


  1. South Africa

Company: Petra Diamonds

Mine: Cullinan

Diamond: 100.83 carat, D-Colour Type II gem quality diamond

Month Recovered: March


  1. South Africa

Company: Petra Diamonds

Mine: Cullinan

Diamond: 425.10 carat D-Colour Type II gem quality diamond

Month Recovered: March


  1. Botswana

Company: Lucara Diamond Corporation

Mine: Karowe

Diamond: 1758 carat diamond, unbroken, weighing close to 352g and measuring 83mm X 62mm X 46mm. The diamond was characterised as near-gem of variable quality, including domains of high quality white gem. It was named Sewelo, meaning “rare find” in Setswana.

Month Recovered: April


  1. South Africa

Company: Petra Diamonds

Mine: Cullinan

Diamond: 209.9 carat D-Colour Type II gem quality diamond and the third +100ct Type II D-Colour gem quality diamond recovered by Petra since March 2019.

Month Recovered: April


  1. Lesotho

Company: Lucapa Diamond Corporation

Mine: Mothae

Diamond: 126 carat diamond and largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered from Mothae. It is the sixth +50 carat diamond recovered since pre-production bulk sampling in 2018

Month Recovered: May


  1. Angola

Company: Lucapa Diamond Corporation

Mine: Lulo

Diamond: 130 carat diamond

Month Recovered: May


  1. Lesotho

Company: Lucapa Diamond Corporation

Mine: Mothae

Diamond: Exceptional 64 carat diamond – Type IIa D colour gem. It was the first commercially produced diamond from Mothae to sell for a price in excess of US$1 million.

Month Recovered: August


  1. Botswana

Company: Lucara Diamond Corporation

Mine: Karowe

Diamond: 123 carat gem quality top white Type II diamond – sourced from the EM/PK(S) area which delivered several other high value diamonds including  the 1 109 carat Lesedi La Rona, the 813 carat Constellation

Month Recovered: September


  1. South Africa

Company: Petra Diamonds

Mine: Cullinan

Diamond: Exceptional 20.08 carat blue gem quality Type IIb diamond

Month Recovered: September


  1. Botswana

Company: Lucara Diamond Corporation

Mine: Karowe

Diamond: Exceptional blue, 9.74 carat gem quality diamond and a 4.13 carat pink gem quality diamond

Month Recovered: September


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