African diamond found on a rubbish dump forms part of the world’s most expensive necklace

African diamond found on a rubbish dump forms part of the world’s most expensive necklace

Above Photo: The ‘L’incomparable’ necklace, featuring the world’s largest internally flawless diamond, weighing in at 407 carats, which took four years to polish.

An egg-shaped diamond, found in a lump of rock by a poverty-stricken African girl, has gone on sale – as the centrepiece of the world’s most expensive necklace.

What 407 carats look like, close-up.

Close up

The necklace is studded with 90 white diamonds and is worth £34 million.

The necklace’ centrepiece diamond was found by chance in a pile of mining rubble by a young girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rubble had been ‘legitimately collected’ from a diamond mine’s tailings dump, after being rejected as being unlikely to contain diamonds.

This is what a diamond mine's "tailing" dump looks like. This was ours at our Nyangwale diamond mine in Tanzania.

This is what a diamond mine’s “tailings” dump looks like. This was ours at our Nyangwale diamond mine in Tanzania.

To their eternal cost, the workers who assessed it had decided the rock was too bulky to be worth processing for diamonds, but when the girl’s uncle saw the lump, he was convinced it was of value and sold it to local African diamond dealers for an unknown sum.

The dealers, in turn, sold it to a group of Lebanese buyers operating from Kinshasa, Kenya.

This is kimberlitic rock, which is where diamonds are found, from our former dimaond mine sites at Galamba, Nyangwale and near Mwadui in Tanzania.

This is kimberlitic rock, which is where diamonds are found, from our former diamond mine sites at Galamba, Nyangwale and near Mwadui in Tanzania.

It was later bought in Antwerp by De Beers and later sold to the Zale Corporation, a Dallas-based jewellery store chain, and is now on sale in Singapore.

I’m now getting into diamonds again, as I continue going through 12,000 emails and notes of telephone calls and meetings, in order to write an entertaining account of our own, now-barely-believable (and bust) roller coaster diamond mining ventures in Tanzania, hopefully early next year.

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