A massive 1,174-carat diamond has been unearthed in Botswana, a mining company said, the second massive diamond found in the country in a matter of weeks.
The rare rock was recovered from the Karowe diamond mine last month and presented to the government in a ceremony on Wednesday.
This is the third diamond over 1,000 carats found at the site, and it will now be transformed into “valuable collections of polished diamonds of the highest color,” Canadian mining company Lucara Diamond said in a press release.
The diamond is larger than a 1,098-carat stone also found in Botswana in June, which was considered the third largest diamond in the world.
Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi attended a ceremony on Wednesday to view the stone.
Naseem Lahri, Managing Director of Lucara Botswana, said his discovery “is a story in progress, for us and for Botswana as well”.
The stone is “a cleavage gemstone of varying quality with significant areas of high quality white gemstones,” Lucara said in the press release.
In 2019, the company discovered what is believed to be the second largest diamond in history – a staggering 1,758-carat stone – at the Karowe mine.
Currently, the largest diamond on record is the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond, found in South Africa in 1905. The Cullinan was later cut into smaller stones, some of which are crown jewels of the British royal family.