A huge diamond which could be the third-largest mined in history weighing over 1,000 carats has been unearthed in Botswana.
The diamond firm Debswana has announced the discovery of a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third largest of its kind in the world.
Company’s acting managing director, Lynette Armstrong, presented the stone, which was found on 1 June, to the country’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi.
“This is the largest diamond to be recovered by Debswana in its history of over 50 years of operations,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong says this rare and extraordinary stone means so much in the context of diamonds and Botswana as it brings hope to a nation that is struggling.
It becomes the third largest in the world, behind the 3,106 carat Cullinan found in South Africa in 1905 and the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona discovered in Botswana in 2015.