The two stones were recovered from freshly mined ore from the Ector pit where the processing of 60,000 tonnes of ore is ongoing.
Merlin expects additional large white diamonds to be recovered from the Ector pit as ore processing continues.
The company is also in the process of installing a new scrubber, which will more than double processing capacity to 100 tonnes per hour once installed.
The trommel scrubber washing plant
Increased processing capacity will naturally increase diamond recoveries.
Merlin’s shareholders recently backed the issue of shares and $7.9 million of convertible notes to help fund the ramp-up of the Merlin diamond mine.
The shareholders ratified the issue of 600,000 convertible notes priced at $1 each that have a two-year term.
Merlin’s shareholders also approved the issue of 4,816,696 additional $1 notes to a variety of parties, including Exchange Minerals Ltd and Bloomgold Resources Pty Ltd which had the same term and conversion price.
Merlin’s investors also backed the issue of 130,638,082 shares after $645,000 of note deeds were converted on January 17.
The shareholders also supported the issue of 56,531,261 Shares to a variety of parties and the issue of 2.5 million of $1 convertible to Edensor Holdings Pty Ltd ATF Prolific Enterprises Trust.
Mordechai and Stera Gutnick are the directors of Edensor, with Stera also being a shareholder.
The pair’s support through the Edensor trust allow for $2.5 million to be used for mine operations and working capital.
In the March quarter, Merlin recovered an 18.75-carat flawless cognac diamond at the mine site.
Merlin went on to obtain Government of the Northern Territory approval to start open-cut diamond mining and then discovered 32 pink diamonds, prompting a mining ramp-up.
Pink diamonds totalling 6.639 cts recovered from Merlin Diamond Mine
The world-class Merlin diamond mine is famous for its past production of large, high-quality diamonds.
Historically, the mine recovered the largest diamond ever discovered in Australia at 104 carats, also unearthing 43 carat, 32 carat and 28 carat diamonds.
Largest diamond found in Australia - 104.73cts
Global average diamond-mine quality levels are about 20% gem-quality.