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The diamond company Firestone announced the discovery of the three large diamonds from its Liqhobong mine in the southern African nation of Lesotho. The 39-carat diamond, which is light yellow in color, and the 26-carat gem, which is white, are actually only fragments of much larger stones.
The stones will be sold at a tender during the second quarter of 2012, Diamond News reported. The company sold over 67,000 carats of diamonds at a per carat price of $71 for a total of $4,773,000 in tenders during the first quarter of 2012.
A Firestone representative heralded the discovery of the three diamonds as proof that the Liqhobong mine was capable of producing gems of great size and quality.