Massive Uncut 478-Carat Diamond | A massive 478-carat diamond was found at the Letseng Mine in Lesotho, a small kingdom in South Africa. It is the 20th largest rough diamond ever found, and it came from a mine that has already delivered three of the world's largest diamonds: the 603-carat Lesotho Promise, the 493-carat Leteng Legacy and the 601-carat Lesotho Brown. A similar but smaller-sized rough stone has recently been valued at $12 million.
Tanzanite ~ Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania thumbnail - 3.1 x 2 x 1.1 cm - Gem quality single crystal, purple on the wide faces and a color zoned blue and green when viewed from the side faces. Partially double terminated, undamaged except for one small nick on one edge. Good color and top to bottom transparency, which is uncommon.
Lucky Australian prospector strikes it rich! A massive gold nugget found near Ballarat on Wednesday by an anonymous prospector is estimated to be worth more than $300,000. See the news report at:- http://www.watoday.com.au/victoria/prospector-finds-300000-nugget-20130117-2cwax.html