Letseng recovers an exceptional 198 carat diamondBack
05 Aug 2014
Gem Diamonds Limited (LSE: GEMD) is pleased to announce the recovery of a 198 carat, white type IIa diamond from the LetÅ¡eng mine at the end of July2014.
This exceptional white, high quality diamond displays no florescence and is expected to achieve an exceptional price when sold this year.
Gem Diamonds CEO, Clifford Elphick stated:
"The recovery of this large, high quality white diamond continues to support the LetÅ¡eng mine's reputation as the most important source of exceptional quality, large diamonds."
For further information:
Gem Diamonds Limited
Sherryn Tedder, Investor Relations
Tel: +27 (0) 11 560 9600
Mob: +27 (0) 83 943 4505
Charles Vivian / James MacFarlane
Tel: +44 (0) 207 861 3232
About Gem Diamonds:
Gem Diamonds is a leading producer of high value diamonds. The Company owns 70% of the LetÅ¡eng mine in Lesotho (30% held by the Government of Lesotho); as well as the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana. The LetÅ¡eng mine is famous for the production of large, top colour, exceptional white diamonds, making it the highest dollar per carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world. Since Gem Diamonds' acquisition of LetÅ¡eng in 2006, the mine has produced four of the top twenty largest white gem quality diamonds recorded.
Gem Diamonds has a growth strategy based on the expansion of the LetÅ¡eng mine and the development of the Ghaghoo mine, while maintaining its strong balance sheet. The Company seeks to maximise revenue and margin from its rough diamond production by pursuing cutting, polishing and sales and marketing initiatives further along the diamond value chain. With favourable supply/demand dynamics expected to benefit the diamond industry over the medium to long term, particularly at the high end of the market, this strategy positions the Company well to generate attractive returns for shareholders in the coming years.