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Rare blue diamond found in South Africa

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:41 a.m. HST, Jan 22, 2014

JOHANNESBURG » A mining company says it has found a rare blue diamond in South Africa.

Petra Diamonds says the 29.6-carat diamond came from the Cullinan mine, source of some of the world's most famous diamonds. Cullinan lies near Pretoria, the South African capital.

Petra Diamonds said in a statement Tuesday that the diamond is a vivid blue with extraordinary tone and clarity, and could yield a polished stone of great value.

The Cullinan mine yielded the 530-carat Star of Africa blue diamond that is part of the British crown jewels.

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lokela wrote:
Hopefully it's not one of those cursed ones. You never know.
on January 22,2014 | 05:06AM
rayhawaii wrote:
There some planets out there with mountains of diamonds and gold all over the landscape that are so cheap they use the materials to make regular household items and kids toys with them. Some alien is going to bring a few tons of blue diamond here one day and buy a few countries.
on January 22,2014 | 05:33AM
Actually, if there were diamonds and gold all over the landscape, they probably have NO VALUE to the locals from that planet. The reason diamonds and gold are worth so much is because they are "RARE". The planet you are refering to may have rare water that is sold/traded as a means of money. Only saying your premise is not a valid arguement.
on January 22,2014 | 11:27AM
Solara wrote:
Actually, diamonds aren't very rare. The prices are kept artificially inflated by the diamond cartel. They have scads of the stuff locked away in storage. They're very good at marketing.
on January 23,2014 | 08:23AM
dlum003 wrote:
How much blood, pain and suffering went in to finding a see through rock? African slave workers being treated like slaves to eek out a meager living while corporate pigs get the whole bounty.
on January 22,2014 | 08:27AM
atilter wrote:
see any parallels with our current building industry growth in luxury condominiums in kakaako? interesting, eh? the "diamonds" built on the backs of service and construction industry laborers hired by wealthy contractors and developers to be sold to FAT ALIEN CATS who will shop at within-walking-distance, high-priced stores at Ala Moana.
on January 22,2014 | 10:57AM
islandsun wrote:
Actually union workers make a ton of money in wages and benefits. Don't feel sorry for them, the unions, developers, or foreign buyers. Feel sorry for the local buyers who get a poorly crafted product and are slaves to HECO for the duration of ownership
on January 22,2014 | 04:01PM
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