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


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

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

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72


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