A large rough diamond of 95.21 carats is on its way to Antwerp, Belgium to be viewed by buyers in preparation for an online auction. The 95.21 carat has been unearthed from the Gahcho Kue mine that is located in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
The Gahcho Kue mine is the newest mine in the Northwest Territories and has only begun commercial production in March 2017. This finding is the largest gem-quality rough diamond the mine has produced so far according to Reid Mackie, vice president of sales for Mountain Province.
“We have, obviously, exceptional size, especially by Canadian standards,”
“In terms of quality it’s very high quality. It’s not carrying any negative attributes whatsoever, and fits in very nicely with the kind of upper echelons of the diamond trade.” said Reid Mackie, vice-president of sales for Mountain Province.
The company Mountain Province does not own the whole Gahcho Kue mine as 51% is owned by De Beers. According to Mackie, there is no estimated price for how much the stone will sell for, but it will be in the millions of dollars.
The rough diamond will be in Antwerp from June 11 through 22 before going up for auction.