In a statement, to which VerAngola had access, the company says it is the 29th stone with more than 100 carats to be recovered in Lulo and the fourth diamond with more than 100 carats discovered this year in that mine.
"The 131-carat stone is the 29th diamond over 100 carats ever recovered and the 4th diamond over 100 carats recovered at Lulo in 2022," the note reads.
According to the company, the latest discovery concerns a 131-carat Type IIa white diamond.
The Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, quoted in the statement, considered that this discovery "once again" shows the country's "huge diamond potential".
"Angola has proved, once again, its enormous diamond potential. I am absolutely convinced that with discoveries of this nature we will, in the near future, be among the largest diamond producers in the world. Companies can always count on the full institutional support of the Ministry to guarantee the good performance of its operations", he said.
José Manuel Ganga Júnior, chairman of the Board of Directors of Endiama, said that the trust in the partnership between Endiama, Rosas & Pétalas and Lucapa remains: "The discovery of another large and high quality diamond demonstrates the quality of partnership between Endiama, Rosas & Pétalas and Lucapa Diamond. We remain confident in this partnership and reiterate that we will do everything possible to ensure that similar results are multiplied".
The executive director of Lucapa, Stephen Wetherall, was also pleased with this recovery.
"We are extremely pleased with the recovery of yet another spectacular Type IIa diamond of over 100 carats at Lulo, which continues to illustrate the success of our long-standing partnership with Endiama and Rosas & Pétalas, the unique nature of the Lulo resource and the potential of the main source exploration program", he said, quoted in the statement.
Remember that in July of this year, the biggest diamond of the last 300 years was discovered in Lulo. It was a 170-carat pure pink diamond that was christened 'Rosa do Lulo'.