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World's largest diamond found yesterday
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World's largest diamond reportedly found in South Africa
August 28, 2007

Johannesburg, South Africa—A diamond said to be twice as big as the 530.24-carat Cullinan Diamond—formerly the world's largest—that could be worth up to $30 million has been discovered in northwest South Africa, but the tale of its discovery is still unclear.

The BBC reported that a small South African mining firm made the discovery. A shareholder in the unnamed mine told the news agency that the diamond was unearthed at their operation in the northwest province on Monday.

He said the stone was about 7,000 carats, twice the size of the Cullinan, which is the centerpiece of the British crown jewels.

According to published reports, the stone has been rushed to a bank vault in Johannesburg "until we calm down and decide what we are going to do," a spokesman for the mining company that discovered it reportedly said. A security company is being hired to protect the diamond.

But some industry experts are reportedly skeptical about the unconfirmed claim.

Brett Jolly, a shareholder at the mine, told the BBC he hoped tests today would prove its worth.

In a photograph e-mailed to the BBC, the stone appears to be about the size of a coconut and has a greenish tinge.

A spokesman for De Beers said the northwest province is not known for producing gems, and greenish stones are even rarer.

The firm also said that if the find is genuine, it would be the stone of the century.


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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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HOLY COW!! I hope it's real & they release some photos soon! I can't even imagine a diamond that large!

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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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I wonder how many stones they will get out of it when cut. Inquiring minds want to know.


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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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You would have to look at the stone in order to make an identification possible, that being said it looks a lot like a fluorite crystal.

http://www.thomsonminerals.com/imag...iteEastgate.jpg


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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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I posted about this on DiamondBlog soon after the news came out...

Attached is a picture of the fantasy diamond. I didn't buy the story when it came out and now that I've seen the picture I buy it even less, but only time will tell...


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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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If the story is a fantasy, what's the point ? Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't see any advantage to making a false claim.


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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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If the story is a fantasy, what's the point ? Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't see any advantage to making a false claim.

I'm not sure what their angle is. But I know lots of crazy stories like this...

There was a documentary I saw recently where a prospector "found" gold at a "mine" in Africa if I remember correctly..... he spiked soil samples...and fooled independent inspectors...and the company behind it spent a fortune...their stock went through the roof and it took about 4 years until the truth came out...

But I do agree...if this one is fake...then it's hard to see who could buy into this scam... As soon as the stone reaches a cutter, the scheme is dead and no one will buy a stone without proper creds..

But does that look like a rough diamond to you? And could the "photographer" have gone any further back than that to take the pic?


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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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There was a documentary I saw recently where a prospector "found" gold at a "mine" in Africa if I remember correctly..... he spiked soil samples...and fooled independent inspectors...and the company behind it spent a fortune...their stock went through the roof and it took about 4 years until the truth came out...


That would be Bre-X, based right here in Calgary.

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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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But does that look like a rough diamond to you?



Yes, it does ! Where's that hole in the ground ? I want to throw some money into it !


It would be neat if that really was a diamond wouldn't it ? It's so nicely formed that it'd be a shame to even cut it.


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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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It sure looks like the weirdest diamond crystal structure I have seen...maybe 'cause it's petrified JELL-O !!!

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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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More on this story...
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The same pic as sent to mining weekly

Gemelli, thanks, that was it...


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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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You guy's are just WAY to skeptical. After all the owner did use the definite, "Garage Grinder" test. I suppose that you could say that it was tested by a GG. What more could you ask for ? Wake up and smell the roses ! We need to jump on this and put some money into it fast before DeBeers beats us to it!


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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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Am I dreaming, or did I see a different picture of this making the rounds yesterday? It may have been an 'example' of a smaller stone based on the description, but I thought there was a rather more natural/rougher looking green octahedral crystal pic making the rounds.

This new one looks way too slick and smooth to me...


Re: the GG, I would think that fluorite would scratch readily enough on a grinder. The fishy part is that they haven't gotten preliminary proof that this is diamond yet.... surely it's not difficult to do that much?

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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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I just found the largest fancy intense blue rough diamond ever in my yard!
This is so exciting I couldn't keep my camera from shaking!


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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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Oh yeah,
well here is the worlds largest sapphire. I found it from a street vendor in florence Italy. I bargained the woman down from 13 euros to only 2. I wonder how many carats this thing actually is. It probably weighs about 3-5 lbs. Lets see one grams is 5 carats so how many carats are in a pound. HAHA!

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Some speculation in Kansas City


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Re: World's largest diamond found yesterday
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Bump! I was just curious if anything else ever came of this.

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If somebody finds a monster crystal, they take good photos of it.

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I posted about this on DiamondBlog soon after the news came out...

Attached is a picture of the fantasy diamond. I didn't buy the story when it came out and now that I've seen the picture I buy it even less, but only time will tell...

Excellent assessment Gil! The stone turned out to be a fake. Seems the miners were salting the mine and this thing was a piece of plastic.


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Eh, makes sense.

Somebody emailed me through my website right after the story broke, with that vague photo of the giant glassy-looking octahedron sitting on the table. I knew immediately it was BS.

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