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1,111-carat diamond unearthed in Botswana

November 19, 2015 | Comment icon 11 comments



Diamonds are a highly-prized and precious commodity. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Swamibu
A monstrous diamond, the second largest ever discovered, has been dug up at a mine in Africa.
The tennis-ball sized stone, which is thought to be the largest found in the last 110 years, was unearthed by Canadian-based company Lucara Diamond in the south lobe of the Karowe mine.

What made the discovery even more impressive was the fact that two other very large diamonds, one of which being around 813 carats, were found in the same mine at around the same time.

Chief executive William Lamb stated that he was at a 'loss for words'.
"This historic diamond recovery puts Lucara and the Karowe mine amongst a select number of truly exceptional diamond producers," he said.

"Our focus on mining the south lobe, which is delivering value beyond expectation, has been perfectly timed with the commissioning of our recent plant modifications, enabling the recovery of these large, high quality exceptional diamonds."

The largest diamond in history, which was found in South Africa's Premier mine in 1905, was a huge 3,106-carat stone called the Cullinan diamond which was cut in to a selection of exquisite jewels.

Several of these, including the Great Star of Africa and the Second Star of Africa, can still be found to this day at the Tower of London where they are kept as part of the British Crown Jewels.

Source: Sky News | Comments (11)



Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by bubblykiss 6 years ago
Find a fatter bride?
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
As the King of Nonsense I demand that this diamond be placed in my Holy Crown.
Comment icon #4 Posted by AustinHinton 6 years ago
I hope it ends up in a museum for all to enjoy, and not in some private collection.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Troublehalf 6 years ago
Just to think, the Cullinan diamond was cut so many times, by the time it was finished it was significantly smaller, all because it wasn't perfect enough for a gift. Set into the Crown Jewels. Shame it's value is vastly increased due to controlled supply.
Comment icon #6 Posted by AstralPhae 6 years ago
Ohhhh my
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
Since it was a Canadian company does that mean the diamond will be part of the Canadian crown jewels?. Who's the current King of Canada anyway?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Yamato 6 years ago
The Canadians? Just look at whose face is all over their money. But how are the royals going to get this one to the Tower of London? I doubt their influence over the Commonwealth is what it used to be.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot 6 years ago
I hope it ends up in a museum for all to enjoy, and not in some private collection. But, the profits you know I was never a man who can see difference between a piece of glass, nice marble from rivers or diamonds. Not talking about physical properties but those imaginary as status symbol
Comment icon #10 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
Shame it's value is vastly increased due to controlled supply. Isn't that the same with almost anything? I diamond that size will be worth a fortune.
Comment icon #11 Posted by AustinHinton 6 years ago
But, the profits you know I was never a man who can see difference between a piece of glass, nice marble from rivers or diamonds. Not talking about physical properties but those imaginary as status symbol Forget profits, think of all they joy it will bring to people who will get to see it in life, and not in pictures.


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