This Is the Largest Diamond Ever Found in North America

Marco Green
December 16, 2018

The "astonishing gemstone" measures 33.74 millimeters by 54.56 millimeters, the company said.

Weighing in at 552 carats, the yellow diamond was recovered at the Diavik Diamond Mine, located in Northern Canada about 135 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

The 552-carat yellow gem quality stone, unearthed in October, measures around 3cm by 5.5cm, nearly three times the size of the next largest stone ever found in Canada, Dominion - which owns 40% of the mine - said in the news release. Foxfire, which was found in 2015, also at Diavik.

Huge gemstones don't typically emerge out of Canadian mines like they do in South Africa, but a big find in the Northwest Territories has just smashed that stereotype. "The color and texture of the diamond are a unique example of the journey that natural diamonds take from their formation until we unearth them".

'Our Diavik Mine has produced some of the most handsome diamonds in the world, and this one certainly tops the list'.

The discovery is the seventh-biggest this century, according to Bloomberg calculations, and would be among the 30 largest stones ever unearthed.

The record-setting stone was found in October, according to Dominion Diamond Mines.

"Abrasion markings on the stone's surface attest to the hard journey it underwent during recovery, and the fact that it remains intact is remarkable", the release read.

Thursday's announcement, Dominion said, "far surpasses" Foxfire.

The site produces between six and seven million carats of predominantly large, white gem-quality diamonds each year, according to Rio Tinto. The report pointed out that a 36.80-carat diamond was recently sold at Christies auction house for $1.3 million.

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