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Friday, 21 September 2007

Le Grand Sancy diamond. See sancy

diamond.

Leicester Mine. A small diamond pipe mine in the Barkly West area, Cape Province, Republic of South Af­rica. It is owned by Carrig Dia­monds, Ltd.

Leopold diamond. A 10-carat bril­liant. Given by King Leopold III of Belgium to his late wife, Queen As-trid, mother of present King Bau-douin. Exhibited at Newark, New Jersey, Museum, 1948. Owned by an undisclosed private collector.

Lesotho. Prior to 1966, it was known as the High Commission Territory of Basutoland. Totally surrounded by the Republic of South Africa, Lesotho consists of a central high plateau with lowlands to the west and high­lands to the east with elevations up to 11,000 feet in the Drakensberg Mountains. Diamonds occur in the northern part of the country at the Letseng-la-Terai mine, and other pipes. De Beers is in the process of preparing this pipe for extensive min-



diamond areas of Lesotho

ing, despite a very low diamond production in terms of carats per load. The rationale is that there may be enough large stones to make the gamble worthwhile. diamond pro­duction in 1975 was reported to be 2,000 carats industrial and 1,000 carats gem quality.

Lesotho diamond. The Lesotho diamond was discovered in Lesotho, Africa, in May, 1967 by Mrs. Ernes­tine Ramoboa at the Letseng-le-Draai diggings. The brownish-colored rough weighed 601.25 carats and was sold for $302,400 at auction in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, to a South African dealer. He, in turn, sold it to a European dealer. This diamond was later purchased in Ge­neva by Harry S. Winston of New York, who subsequently cut it into 18 stones totaling 242.50 carats, in 1969. Most diamond cutting styles