A 1,098 carat diamond believed to be the third largest gem-quality stone ever to be mined, has been discovered in Botswana, according to a joint venture between Anglo American’s De Beers and the government.
The stone was presented to President Mokgweetsi Masisi by Debswana Diamond Company’s
acting managing director Lynette Armstrong. It is the 3rd Biggest in the world, behind the 3,106 carat Cullinan stone recovered in South Africa in 1905 and the 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona unearthed by Lucara Diamonds in Botswana in 2015.
“This is the largest diamond to be recovered by Debswana in its history of over 50 years in operation,” Armstrong said.
Minerals minister Lefoko Moagi said the discovery of the yet to be named stone, which measures 73mm long, 52mm wide and 27mmthick, could not have come at a better time after the pandemic hit diamond sales in 2020.