Petra Diamonds (LSE: PDL) shares increased by 6% in early trade, after the FTSE 250-listed diamond miner announced the recovery of a 232-carat white diamond at the Cullinan mine in South Africa.
Petra said the stone is a magnificent example of the large, high quality diamonds for which the mine is known.
The Cullinan mine is one of the worlds most historically significant diamond sources. It is especially renowned as a source of large diamonds most notably the 3,106-carat Cullinan stone discovered in 1905, which was cut into two diamonds and nowform part of the crown jewels in the Tower of London.
Petras latest find a D colour type II diamond is expected to be sold in the second quarter of this financial year.
Earlier this year a 29.6 carat blue diamond was sold for $25.6m. In the year to 30 June 2014 Petras revenue increased 17% to $472.6m.
Petra has said it remains on track to reach annual production of circa 5m carats by the end of 2019. Based on production growth, diamond prices and expansion plans, the board may declare a maiden dividend from full year 2016.
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