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Firm’s ‘stunning’ result

KIMBERLEY Diamond Company NL has unveiled the most significant results to date from its Blina project in Western Australia, with the first bulk sample treated during its 2000 field program so far yielding a parcel of 44 diamonds weighing 21.31 carats.

The diamonds were recovered from an area known as Pit 61, along an extension of the Pit 5 Terrace, an ancient river system which the Perth-based company has been tracking for the past seven years.

The result gives a diamond grade of some 10 carats per hundred tonnes and confirms that Kimberley’s tenements host a potentially world-class alluvial diamond project.

The diamonds were recovered from about 220 tonnes of Terrace 5 gravels processed through Kimberley’s on-site heavy media separation plant.

The largest diamond weighed 2.575 crts with two stones larger than 2 crts and two stones more than 1.8 crts.

Kimberley chairman Miles Kennedy said the average stone size was almost half a carat and is similar to those recovered from the Terrace 5 gravels over the past three years.

“This is a stunning result, which confirms that potentially economic concentrations of diamonds throughout the Terrace 5 system, which we have now traced for over 10 kilometres from the original Pit 5 area to Pit 61,” Mr Kennedy said.

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