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World’s third largest diamond discovered in Botswana

World’s third largest diamond discovered in Botswana

The diamond firm Debswana has announced the discovery in Botswana of a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third largest of its kind in the world.

The company showed the stone, which was found on 1 June, to the country’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, in the capital Gaborone.

“It is believed to be the third largest gem-quality find in the world,” said Debswana’s managing director, Lynette Armstrong.

The “rare and extraordinary stone … means so much in the context of diamonds and Botswana,” she said. “It brings hope to a nation that is struggling.”

It is also the biggest stone of gem quality to be discovered in the history of the company, a joint venture between the government and the global diamond giant De Beers.

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

The second largest was the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona, discovered at Karowe in north-eastern Botswana in 2015.

Botswana is Africa’s leading diamond producer.


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