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Rare blue diamond uncovered in mine

'Exceptional' Blue Diamond Uncovered In South African Mine

Check out this rare blue sparkler found in a South African mine earlier this month.

'It's 29.6 carats and about six times bigger than an acorn,' WPBF reports. 'Officials haven't put an exact price tag on the rock, but they say it may be worth millions.'

The BBC reports the dazzling stone was dug up by the New Jersey-based Petra Diamonds at its Cullinan Diamond Mine near Pretoria.

The company gushed about the discovery in a statement released Tuesday, saying, 'The stone is an outstanding vivid blue with extraordinary saturation, tone and clarity, and has the potential to yield a polished stone of great value and importance.'

Although experts haven't assigned this gem a specific value yet, if Petra Diamonds' other discoveries are any indication, the rock could rake in some serious cash.

A 25.5-carat Cullinan blue diamond found in that same mine in 2013 sold for a whopping $16.9 million, and another big sparkler uncovered in 2008, known as the Star of Josephine, sold for $9.49 million.

According to Sky News, an analyst suggests this newest discovery could be worth between $15 million and $20 million.

Petra Diamonds chief executive told reporters the company will decide what to do with the diamond within the next week.


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YourFtr January 23 2014 at 2:05 AM

I'm surprised that we didn't click into a slide-show of the "10 largest Diamonds in the world" from aol pr HP.......

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traceytwo January 23 2014 at 1:10 AM

Wow...I think that this would be perfect for my birthday,although my birthstone is a sapphire I believe this would qualify being that it is blue ...right ??!!! I must show this immediately to my darling husband!!

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jpweg5 January 23 2014 at 12:59 AM

I guess ol' navelbutton never watched the Simpsons. Must be damp down in that basement!

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jpweg5 January 23 2014 at 12:55 AM

Nice looking rock. Too bad you have to sit through these inane commercials to see it.

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merleandsue January 22 2014 at 11:53 PM

ISAY IT IS COLD. NO BEACH TIME WITH [ POLAR VERTEX] BUT OTHERS ARE MUCH WORSE OFF. PLEASE PRAY THAT THEY HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO GET THRU THIS. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO DONATE PLEASE DONATE. CHILDREN. @ WOMEN. MEN . TEENAGERS. NEED OUR HELP. REACHING OUT IS EASY. WHEN THE HEART COOPERATES, STARTING WITH ONE DONATION. 1JACKET. 1PAIR OF SHOES, IT IS THAT EASY. PEACE@LOVE TO ALL

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tonyatseao January 22 2014 at 10:48 PM

just a rock yea its pretty , so r sea shells

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leavesbound January 23 2014 at 2:18 AM

So are buttercups but they are common and this is rare. As for shells, I have been a collector for 40 years and I can tell you there are many that fetch prices right up there with diamonds.

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Janet January 22 2014 at 10:48 PM

Agree with you, mskiba2, and I would add...we are stealing from the Africans, just as we do from any other country that has "resources" we want. Have any of you seen the movie "Blood Diamond"?

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mskiba2 January 22 2014 at 10:54 PM

Yep Janet Corporate thieves, we are

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mskiba2 January 22 2014 at 10:05 PM

Does a Diamond feed people, cure people, or help people? NO !!!
We are a virus with shoes !!!!

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ferrellwilkins January 22 2014 at 9:57 PM

Wow What a rock

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Karen January 22 2014 at 9:35 PM

The foolishness of man; it's a ROCK, a pretty blue rock that has no value except for LOOKING at it.

You clowns are scary, and ridiculous.

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mskiba2 January 22 2014 at 10:02 PM

silly silly humans

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clareainsworth January 22 2014 at 11:24 PM

There are industrial uses for diamonds; the value lies in that fact alone.

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