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Botswana says it has found the world’s ‘third largest’ diamond

The 1,098-carat diamond is the greatest stone of gem high quality to be found in the historical past of the Debswana firm.

Botswanan diamond agency Debswana has mentioned it unearthed a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third-largest of its type in the world.

The stone, found on June 1, was proven on Wednesday to President Mokgweetsi Masisi in the capital, Gaborone.

“It is believed to be the third-largest gem-quality find in the world,” mentioned Debswana Managing Director Lynette Armstrong.

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

A Botswana cupboard member holds a gem diamond in Gaborone, Botswana, on June 16, 2021 [Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP]

It can be the greatest stone of gem high quality to be found in the historical past of the firm, a three way partnership between the authorities and world diamond big De Beers.

The greatest diamond ever found in the world was the 3,106-carat Cullinan, found in South Africa in 1905.

The second-largest was 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona – a diamond the measurement of a tennis ball, found at Karowe, northeastern Botswana, in 2015.

Botswana is Africa’s main diamond producer.

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