The 1174-carat diamond was discovered by a Canadian mining company
A huge rough diamond, a brilliant pebble with silver reflections wrapped in the palm of the hand, was discovered in June in Botswana, we learned on Wednesday from the Canadian company Lucara.
Discovered on June 12, the 1174-carat gemstone steals the third place, on the podium of the world’s largest diamond, to another exceptional stone found a few days earlier, on June 1, in the same country but from by another mining company.
Lucara CEO, Nassim Lahri, commented that it was a “historic discovery, for us and for Botswana as well”. “In the pyramid of great stones, you come in third,” she asserted proudly, during her presentation before the government in Gaborone.
This latest discovery cements Botswana’s position as a world leader in the manufacture of the largest stones, with six of the largest diamonds in the world. President Mokwetsi Masisi hailed this “wonderful moment” and the increasing number of diamond discoveries in the country.
The largest known diamond is the Cullinan., over 3100 carats, was discovered in South Africa in 1905.
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