World’s Third Largest Diamond Unearthed in Botswana

ADDIS ABABA – Botswanan diamond firm Debswana has said it unearthed a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third-largest of its kind in the world.

The stone, two weeks ago, was shown to President Mokgweetsi Masisi in the capital, Gaborone, on Wednesday.

“This is the largest diamond to be recovered by Debswana in its history of over 50 years in operation,” said Lynette Armstrong, Debswana Diamond Company’s acting managing director.

“From our preliminary analysis it could be the world’s third largest gem quality stone.”

The yet-to-be named stone, which measures 73mm long, 52mm wide and 27mm thick is also the biggest gem quality stone to be found in the history of Debswana, a joint venture between the government and global diamond giant De Beers.

The biggest diamond ever discovered in the world was the 3,106-carat Cullinan, found in South Africa in 1905.

The second largest is the 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona found in Botswana in 2015.

Botswana is Africa’s largest producer of diamonds.



Featured Image: President Mokgweetsi Masisi holds the precious stone in Gaborone [Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP]

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