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Rare blue diamond found in South Africa

 

Pictured on Jan. 18 is a 29.6 carat blue diamond that was recovered at the Cullinan Diamond Mine near Pretoria, South Africa.

Pictured on Jan. 18 is a 29.6 carat blue diamond that was recovered at the Cullinan Diamond Mine near Pretoria, South Africa. Photo by: AP Photo/Philip Mostert - Petra Diamonds

 

The Associated Press

 

JOHANNESBURG -- 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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