Earlier this week, one of the world’s largest diamond has been unearthed in Botswana, a country located Southern Africa.
It is believed that the 1,098-carat diamond is the third largest gem-quality diamond ever found yet.
The Botswana President; Mokgweetsi Masisi, said that the precious stone was unearthed earlier this month at a Jwaneng mine, 75 miles from the country’s capital Gaborone.
The Jwaneng mine, opened in 1982, annually yields between 12.5 million to 15 million carats of diamonds. The Government of Botswana said that this month’s find has been the largest gem unearthed; by the company that operates the mine, since diamonds were first discovered in Botswana in the year 1967.
As of now, the largest diamond to be ever recorded is the 3,106 carats Cullinan Diamond, which was found in South Africa in the year of 1905. The diamond was later cut into smaller stones and some of the parts form the British royal family’s crown jewels.
The second ever largest diamond discovered was the Lesedi La Rona, which is a 1,109 carats stone found by the Canadian firm Lucara Diamond at the Karowe mine; which is also in Botswana, in the year 2015. The diamond was sold for $53 million to a luxury jeweler Graff, two years later of its find.