MOSCOW, October 9 (RIA Novosti) – A diamond weighing 235.16 carats and worth an estimated $1.5 million to $2 million has been found in Russia’s Siberian republic of Yakutia, Russia’s biggest diamond miner, Alrosa, said Wednesday.
A company spokesman told the Prime business news agency that the uncut diamond was of gem quality.
The diamond is octahedral in shape, transparent, slightly yellowish in color, and bears only slight graphite-sulfide inclusions in peripheral areas.
Alrosa accounts for 97 percent of all diamonds mined in Russia and a quarter of global output. The company’s sales of rough and polished diamonds stood at $4.61 billion last year.