Diamond explorer Pangolin Diamonds says it has recovered its fourth and largest diamond from its wholly owned Malatswae project, located 51 kilometres west of Mmashoro.
The diamond, which weighs 0.02 carats, was recovered from a 20-kilogram soil sample. In a statement released last week, the Toronto-based explorer stated that three diamonds were previously recovered in September 2014 from soil samples approximately 13 kilometers to the southeast of this new discovery. The location of this fourth diamond, relative to the previous discoveries, signifies that Pangolin has discovered a second separate area of interest within the Malatswae project. The diamond, named MAL-157, was recognised by an independent observer in Botswana, during routine kimberlite indicator mineral observation, and confirmed by MCC Geoscience as an octahedron. The diamond was subsequently submitted to C. F. Mineral Research for size determination and weighing, where it was also confirmed using a scanning electron microscope.
Pangolin has revealed that its soil sampling team has returned to the area to collect additional samples. Results will be reported when available. In addition to the Malatswae Project, Pangolin Diamonds Corp also owns the Tsabong North, Jwaneng South and Mmadinare Projects in Botswana.