Alrosa has unearthed the first colored rough diamond at its new Verkhne-Munskoye deposit in Yakutia, which started operations in 2018.
A bright yellow gem-quality diamond weighing 17.44 carats was recovered in mid-February from the Zapolyarnaya kimberlite pipe, a part of the Verkhne-Munskoye deposit. The transparent crystal with a habit transitional between octahedron and dodecahedron has dimensions of 18x20x9 mm.
“This is the first rough diamond with bright colour found at the Verkhne-Munskoye since it was launched in 2018,” says deputy chief exec of Alrosa Evgeny Agureev. “The United Selling Organization of Alrosa will assess and evaluate this stone in detail. We hope this deposit will give us more large and interesting discoveries in future.”
Alrosa mines natural colour rough diamonds mostly in the Arkhangelsk region and in the north of Yakutia. There are less than 0.1% of coloured gem-quality stones in the overall output of Alrosa. They are sent to Diamonds of Alrosa, the company’s cutting and polishing division. This is where such unique pieces as the Fancy Vivid Yellow Firebird diamond (20.69 ct) and the Spirit of the Rose 14.8 ct Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink diamond were produced.