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DIAMOND EXPLORATION: Three-carat stones recovered from Orion South sample

SASKATCHEWAN - Continued bulk sampling from the Orion South kimberlite at the Fort a la Corne joint venture has rec...


SASKATCHEWAN — Continued bulk sampling from the Orion South kimberlite at the Fort a la Corne joint venture has recovered four diamonds weighing approximately 3-ct each. The project, located 60 km east of Prince Albert, is a joint venture of Saskatoon’s Shore Gold (60%) and Denver-based Newmont Mining (40%).

 

The most recent bulk sample weighed 4,406 tonnes and yielded 398.38 ct including 2,868 commercial-sized diamonds. The four largest stones are 3.61 (white), 3.31 (white), 3.03 (off-white) and 2.66 (white) ct. Ten diamonds exceed 2.00-ct and 38 diamonds exceed 1.00-ct, of which 16 are white, 11 are off-white, five are grey, four are brown, one is black, and one is yellow. A total of 128 diamonds exceed 0.50 ct. Ninety-nine percent of the carat weight of this parcel occurs in diamonds greater than 1.18 millimetre square mesh, according to Shore Gold.

 

Underground bulk sampling is to continue into February. More information including maps and photos is available at www.ShoreGold.com.


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