Thursday, October 1, 2020

Diamond Technology Park gurus win largest rough gem this century

Safdico, the manufacturing arm of Graff Diamonds, one of South Africa’s leading diamond companies and founder of Botswana’s Diamond Technology Park, has outbid companies from around the world to win a tender for the purchase of the 603 carat in Antwerp, Belgium.

Named the “Lesotho Promise”, this magnificent jewel is the largest diamond found this century and is the 15th largest diamond ever found. The stone is an exceptional D colour, the top colour grading for a diamond.

Brian Gutkin, CEO of Safdico said Lesotho Promise is one of the most important diamonds in the world and will take many many months to be mapped out and polished to optimal specifications by Safdico’s master craftsman.

“A diamantaire sees a stone of this nature once in a lifetime.”
Safdico group is a world leader in high end, fancy diamonds and manufactures proprietary brands, such as Graff and Hope. Safdico is also the founder of Diamond Technology Park, a development project in Gaborone that will house the Botswana diamond industry. Construction of the park began in August with the first part of Phase one expected to be complete by September 2007. In line with its commitments to the Botswana government Safdico has already employed and is in the process of training seven Batswana engineers.

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