About the project
Sitting 3000 metres above sea level in the diamond-rich Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, lies the Mothae Mine.
Mothae is owned by Lucapa (70%) along with its partner, the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho (30%).
The mine has been in commercial operation since January 2019 following the commissioning of the 1.1 Million tonne per annum kimberlite processing plant with an XRT (X-Ray Transmission) recovery facility. The treatment facility is undergoing upgrades to increase the throughput capacity.
The diamonds from Mothae command the second highest dollar per carat for kimberlite diamonds.
This is after the Letseng mine which is just 5 kilometres from Mothae. Mothae has had many significant gem quality recoveries since commencing production including a 215 carat D-colour Type IIa, a 204 carat Type IIa and rare pink, blue and yellow fancy coloured diamonds.
Mine to market
Fancy Intense Yellow
This yellow coloured rough diamond was recovered from Mothae and sold into the polishing partnership.
A stunning fancy intense yellow cushion cut diamond was the largest gemstone cut from the rough