A mining company in Botswana has announced the unearthing of a 1,174-carat diamond. It’s the second unveiling of a huge diamond discovery in the country in a month.
The latest diamond was discovered on 12 June by Canadian diamond firm, Lucara and presented to the Botswana’s in the capital, Gaborone, on Wednesday.
The company’s managing director Naseem Lahri told the AFP news agency that this was the world’s third largest diamond.
“This is history in the making, for us and Botswana as well,” he said.
Last month, a diamond believed at the time to be the third largest was shown to President Mokgweetsi Masisi after the diamond firm, Debswana, unearthed it on 1 June.
“I am pleased that in the diamond narrative being developed, young people are finally becoming part of the story,” the president said in twitter message accompanying the 1,174-carat diamond
Botswana is Africa’s largest producer of diamonds.