Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) chief executive officer, Dr Morris Mpofu has said that his company has extracted large diamonds from the Chiadzwa diamond fields. Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Mpofu said,
We are pleased to announce the recovery of some large diamonds from our flagship operations in the Chiadzwa area. The latest and largest recoveries include a 23-carat gem quality stone, a 65-carat near-gem quality stone and a 45-carat borat stone.
The recovery of these large stones underlines the large stone potential of the Chiadzwa diamond fields.
…Where there are troughs within the basement profile, the conglomerate is typically of large clast sizes. As a basic rule, the larger the clasts the larger the diamonds. ZCDC expects to find large diamonds within the basin; larger diamonds would settle in similar depositional environments as the larger mature clasts.
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