Image, made available by Petra Diamonds, of a rare 29.6-carat blue diamond recovered at the Cullinan Diamond Mine near Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo: Philip Mostert AP)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A mining company says it has found a rare blue diamond in South Africa.
Diamonds says the 29.6-carat diamond came from the Cullinan mine,
source of some of the world's most famous diamonds. Cullinan lies near
Pretoria, the South African capital.
Petra Diamonds said in a
statement Tuesday that the diamond is a vivid blue with extraordinary
tone and clarity, and could yield a polished stone of great value.
The Cullinan mine yielded the 530-carat Star of Africa blue diamond that is part of the British crown jewels.