Canadian Lucara Diamond firm discovered the world’s second largest diamond ever in Botswana. A 1,111 carat gem quality diamond has been discovered in the Karowe mine about 500km (300 miles) north of the capital, Gaborone. The Type-IIa stone, just smaller than a tennis ball, is the largest diamond discovery for more than 100 years, and the biggest diamond to be discovered in Botswana. The gem measures 65mm x 56mm x 40mm. It is extremely hard to estimate the value of the diamond given the unknown color, clarity, and cutting.
World’s largest diamond is the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond which was found in South Africa in 1905 and cut into nine separate stones, many of which are in the British Crown Jewels.
Having found this “amazing asset”, the Canadian firm’s chief executive and president, William Lamb said he was “truly at a loss for words”.
“The significance of the recovery of a gem quality stone larger than 1,000 carats, the largest for more than a century and the continued recovery of high quality stones from the south lobe, cannot be overstated,” Lamb said in a statement.
Not only has the company found the world’s second largest diamond, but Lucara announced Thursday it had found two more “exceptional” white diamonds at the Karowe Mine; an 813 carat stone and a 374 carat stone.