Botswana unearths second huge diamond in weeks

GABARONE : An exceptionally large and white 1,174-carat diamond stone has been unearthed in Botswana, a mining company announced Wednesday, trumping another huge precious stone found in the country last month.

The latest find, which fills the palm of a man’s hand, was discovered on June 12 by Canadian Diamond firm, Lucara and presented to the country’s cabinet in the capital Gaborone on Wednesday.

A 1,098 carat diamond, discovered in Botswana and believed to be the third largest gem-quality stone ever to be mined, is seen in this undated handout picture received June 16, 2021. — Debswana Diamond Company/Handout via Reuters
A 1,098 carat diamond, discovered in Botswana and believed to be the third largest gem-quality stone ever to be mined, is seen in this undated handout picture received June 16, 2021. — Debswana Diamond Company/Handout via Reuters

“This is history in the making, for us and Botswana as well,” said the company’s managing director Naseem Lahri, adding that the diamond sits in third position among the world’s largest gemstones.

In terms of size of large stones, “it actually sits as number three in the hierarchy,” Lahri told AFP.

The diamond was mined in Gaborone, Botswana during an 11-day production run in June 2021. (AFP: Monirul Bhuiyan )

Last month Botswanan diamond firm Debswana said it had recovered the “third largest” stone in the world at 1,098-carats on June 1.

The latest find solidifies Botswana as a leader on the world stage of the largest stones, accounting for six in the top ten list.

The biggest diamond ever discovered in the world was the 3,106-carat Cullinan, found in South Africa in 1905. Parts of that diamond adorn the British crown jewels.

The diamond fills the palm of a man’s hand.(AFP: Monirul Bhuiyan)

President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday welcomed the “riveting moment” and the growing frequency of diamond discoveries in the country — promising that the southern African country will have a long-lasting legacy.

Botswana is Africa’s leading diamond producer.

AFP

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