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2nd-Largest Diamond Found in Botswana

November 19, 2015 at 11:22 am | News

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November 19, 2015 at 11:22 am | News

 

Botswana diamondThe second-largest diamond (pictured) in the world was recently discovered in the South African country of Botswana, reports BBC.

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Located in the Karowe mine in northern Gaborone, which is mined by Canadian diamond producer Lucara Diomond, the stone is 1,111 carats.

Of the find, Lucara Diamond CEO William Lamb said, “The significance of the recovery of a gem quality stone larger than 1,000 carats, the largest for more than a century…cannot be overstated.”

An 813-carat stone and a 374-carat stone were also found at the mine, with Lucara calling those diamonds “exceptional.”

Lamb added, “I am truly at a loss for words. This has been an amazing week for Lucara with the recovery of the second largest and also the sixth largest gem quality diamonds ever mined.”

The largest diamond ever found was in South Africa in 1905. The diamond was 3,106 carats and was cut into nine stones that are now a part of the British Crown jewels.

With Botswana being the largest producer of diamonds, it is now ranked as a middle-income nation.

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