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Rare blue diamond found in South Africa

Image  taken Friday Jan. 18 2014 made available by PetrDiamonds 29.6 carblue diamond which was recovered Cullinan Diamond Mine

Image taken Friday Jan. 18, 2014 and made available by Petra Diamonds of a 29.6 carat blue diamond which was recovered at the Cullinan Diamond Mine near Pretoria, South Africa. The stone is described as being of a vivid blue with extraordinary saturation , tone and clarity, and has the potential to yield a polished stone of great value and importance. (AP Photo/Philip Mostert - Petra Diamonds)

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — 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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