A piece of diamond has been discovered in Botswana, which is believed to be the third largest diamond in the world.
The diamond was found in a mine two weeks ago and has been shown to Botswana’s president Mokgweetsi Masisi.
The second largest diamond ever was also from Botswana. It was discovered in 2015. That diamond was slightly heavier than the recently found gem.
Mines of Botswana are the largest sources of diamonds in entire Arica.
The newly discovered diamond was unearthed by the diamond firm Debswana. One of it’s officials said that this is the largest piece of diamond dug up by their firm’s history of more than five decades. He added that the diamond has been examined by experts and was confirmed as the third largest of it’s kind in the world.
Debswana is a joint organisation of Botswana government and the international diamond giant De Beers.
The estimated price of the diamond has yet to be published. The second largest one found in 2015 was sold at $53 million in 2017.
The largest ever diamond in history was discovered in the year 1905 in South Africa. It was named ‘Cullinan’ after Thomas Cullinan, chairman of the mine where it was found. The second largest piece found in 2015 was named ‘Lesedi La Rona’, which means ‘Our Light’ in local language. However the recently discovered diamond hasn’t yet got any name to call.
Meanwhile, through this notable discovery, Botswana government is dreaming it’s diamond business to be boomed once again. Despite being the largest diamond provider in global market, like other sectors, Botswana’s diamond industry too is struggling during this pandemic period. Botswana’s Minerals Minister Lefoko Moagi expresses his hope that global merchants soon will come back to his country’s gem market after this news-breaking finding.