Big diamonds, big animals and a big earthquake - my recent trip to Botswana for a Lucara Diamond Corp. site visit had it all! The biggest big, however, was Lesedi La Rona, the 1,109-carat gem-quality diamond recovered at the Karowe mine in November 2015. The Lesedi is the largest gem-quality diamond recovered in a century and the second largest ever found. Seeing and holding the stone was a thrill.
A version of this site visit report was sent to paid Resource Opportunities subscribers on May 11. Their unique combination of portability and value make diamonds a favoured target of thieves, both on the big screen and in real life. In The Pink Panther, a distinctive pink diamond was fodder for several movies worth of escapades between bumbling Inspector Clouseau and the elusive jewel thief. Away from the screen, one of the biggest thefts was the Antwerp diamond heist of 2003.
Getting to IDM Mining's Red Mountain gold project in northwestern British Columbia wasn't quite "planes, trains and automobiles," but it was close. First I flew from Vancouver into Smithers. There's some family history in the neighbourhood down the road is Houston, where my grandfather settled with his family after emigrating from the Netherlands.
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