Botswana, Africa’s largest diamond producer has discovered what is referred to as the world’s third largest diamond.
According to the Debswana Diamond Company that made the discovery of the precious mineral, it is a 1,098-carat diamond. This has been recorded as the country’s second largest since 2015.
The company’s Acting Director, Lynette Armstrong Presented the precious mineral to the President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, on Wednesday. “This is the largest diamond to be recovered by Debswana in its history of over 50 years in operation,” Armstrong noted .
She further indicated that the “rare and extraordinary stone … means so much in the context of diamonds and Botswana,”adding that, “It brings hope to a nation that is struggling.”
“From our preliminary analysis it could be the world’s third largest gem-quality stone. We are yet to make a decision on whether to sell it through the De Beers channel or through the state owned Okavango Diamond Company.” she added
In 1905, South Africa mined the world’s largest diamond called “Cullinan”, weighing about 3,100 carats.
Botswana was lucky to have discovered the second largest diamond in the 2015 which is 1,109 carats, at the Karowe mine in northeastern part of the country.
The Debswana Comapny limited is a joint venture owned by both the Botswana government and a South African diamond dealer, De Beers.