Rio Tinto Unveils Two Billion-Year Old, 187.7-Carat Diamond

Rio Tinto Unveils Two Billion-Year Old, 187.7-Carat Diamond

Rio Tinto Unveils Two Billion-Year Old, 187.7-Carat Diamond

Rio Tinto unveiled a two billion year-old diamond that is one of the largest to be ever discovered in Canada.

The 187.7 carat gem-quality rough diamond, known as The Diavik Foxfire, was discovered at the Diavik Diamond Mine in the remote Northwest Territories of Canada, 220km south of the Arctic Circle.

Canada's Diavik Diamond Mine 220km south of the Arctic Circle.

Canada’s Diavik Diamond Mine 220km south of the Arctic Circle.

“We are delighted to showcase this exceptional, two billion-year-old Canadian diamond,” Rio Tinto Diamonds managing director Jean-Marc Lieberherr said. “Its ancient beginnings, together with the fortitude, finesse and innovative technology required to unearth a diamond in the challenging sub-Arctic environment, make it a true miracle of nature.”

Lieberherr told Bloomberg Television December 2 that “we estimate it will be cut into a really nice clarity 50-carater.”

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