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Lucara Diamonds Shine at Oscars

Feb 28, 2017 3:26 AM   By Joshua Freedman
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RAPAPORT... Charlize Theron stole the attention of jewelry observers at Sunday’s Academy Awards with a mammoth pair of earrings featuring diamonds from the Karowe mine in Botswana.

The actress attended the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood wearing Chopard diamond drop earrings with a total weight of 59.9 carats set in 18-carat white gold. One earring featured a 26-carat heart-shaped diamond, the other a 25-carat pear-shaped stone, media reports said.

The earrings were part of Chopard’s Garden of Kalahari collection, which comprises 23 polished diamonds. They were cut from a 341.9-carat rough diamond, the Queen of Kalahari, which Lucara Diamond Corporation extracted from its Karowe mine in April 2015. The miner sold the rough diamond for $20.6 million, or $60,114 per carat, three months later at an exceptional-stone tender.

“We are clearly delighted that Charlize Theron chose to wear part of the Garden of Kalahari to this year’s Oscars,” William Lamb, chief executive officer of Lucara, said in an email to Rapaport News on Monday. “We share [Chopard’s] commitment to sustainable operations and values, and we look forward to building this vision and working with them in the future.”
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