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Rare Blue Diamond Found In South Africa

11:02 AM, Jan 22, 2014   |    comments
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)
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A mining company says it has found a rare blue diamond in South Africa.

Petra 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.

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