It seems like the Southern part of Africa is really shining lately…
In Gaborone, the Botswana diamond firm Debswana has claimed that it has discovered the world’s third-largest diamond.
Lynette Armstrong, the managing director presented the treasured find to President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday, June 16.
The diamond weighs at 1,098 carats and is believed to be the third-largest in the world.
Its champions? The 3,106 carat Cullinan diamond which was discovered over 100 years ago in South Africa and the 1,109 carat Lesedi LaRona stone also discovered in Botswana in 2015.
“It is believed to be the third largest gem-quality find in the world,” said Armstrong as per EWN.
Decisions over whether to sell it through to De Beers or to the state-owned Okavango Diamond company are still under contemplation according to Armstrong as per HypeBeast.
𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐌𝐀𝐒𝐈𝐒𝐈 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐃𝐒 𝐃𝐄𝐁𝐒𝐖𝐀𝐍𝐀 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐋𝐀𝐑𝐆𝐄𝐒𝐓 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐘
President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has commended Debswana’s recent 1,098.3 carat diamond discovery. pic.twitter.com/m2eR40KwFN
— Botswana Government (@BWGovernment) June 16, 2021
According to the Botswana Government as cited by CBS News:
“Proceeds from the diamond will be used to advance national development in the country.”
The stone measures at 73mm long, 52 mm wide and 27mm thick according to Time Magazine.