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Largest ever known diamond unearthed in North America

02:45 PM | 15 Dec, 2018
Largest ever known diamond unearthed in North America
ALBERTA — Candian miners have discovered a 552-carat yellow diamond, said to be the largest ever found in North America and the seventh-largest in the world.

The chicken egg size stone, measuring 33.74mm x 54.56mm, was found two months ago at the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories by the Dominion Diamond Mines and Rio Tinto Group.

"A diamond of this size is completely unexpected for this part of the world and marks a true milestone for diamond mining in North America," Dominion Diamond Mines said in a statement.

Its colour, texture, and structure are also unique from a geological perspective and will not be sold in its rough form, the company added.

The Toronto-based miner is planning to select a partner, who will cut and polish it and as the diamond is still undergoing evaluation, it is too early to determine the ultimate value of this unique gem.

Dominion Diamond Mines ULC is a Canadian mining company and one of the world’s largest producers and suppliers of premium rough diamond assortments to the global market. The company owns a controlling interest in the Ekati Diamond Mine, which it operates, and owns 40% of the Diavik Diamond Mine.

The previous largest diamond found in North America was also discovered at the Diavik mine. That was the 187.7-carat Diavik Foxfire found in 2015 and was sold for $1.3 million.

3,106-carat Cullinan Diamond

The largest diamond ever unearthed was the 3,106-carat Cullinan Diamond, found in South Africa in 1905.

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76


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