Botswana-based diamond company Debswana announced the discovery of 1,098 carat stone and described it as the third largest of its kind in the world.
The company’s deputy chief executive, Lynette Armstrong, presented the stone, which was found on June 1, to the country’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi.
“This is the largest diamond Debswana has recovered in its 50 years of operation,” Armstrong said.
“From our preliminary analysis, it could be the third largest gemstone in the world. We have not yet decided whether to sell it through the De Beers channel or through the state-owned Okavango Diamond Company. “The rare and extraordinary stone… means a lot in the context of diamonds and Botswana,” he said, adding: “It brings hope to a struggling nation.”
Minerals Minister Lefoko Moagi said the discovery of the stone, which has not yet been named, measures 73 by 52 by 27 mm.
It is the third largest diamond in the world, after the 3,106 carats of the famous Cullinan diamond found in South Africa on January 26, 1905. It is a diamond that weighed more than half a kilo. It was named after Thomas Cullinan, the mine’s director.
It was presented to the King of England, Edward VII, who acquired it. In February 1908, in the Asscher workshop, Kalinan was cut into 9 smaller diamonds. Today, if it still existed, its value would exceed $ 2 billion. The largest piece of diamond will be called Cullinan I, or “The Big Star of Africa”, weighs 530.2 carats or 106.04 grams and has 74 sides.
It was placed on the royal scepter of the crown jewel of the United Kingdom. Africa’s Second Big Star, or Cullinan II, took its place at the front of the imperial crown.
The second largest diamond in the world is the 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona (discovered in Botswana in 2015. Found on November 16, 2015 at the Lucara Karowe Mine in North Central Botswana, it is the largest rough diamond discovered in over 100 years, weighing a record of 1,109 carats.The very name “Lesedi La Rona” means “our light” in the Tswana language of Botswana and is directly related to its incredible genealogical features.
The diamond, which measures 65mm x 56mm x 40mm, has excellent transparency and quality, and is a Type IIa.
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