One of the Biggest Diamonds Ever Is Found

At 1,098 carats, it would be the third-largest gem-quality stone in history
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2021 1:49 PM CDT
One of the Biggest Diamonds Ever Is Found
The big find.   (YouTube)

There's no estimate yet on what price it may fetch, but it's safe to say the coffers of Botswana will be getting a nice little bump. Miners found a diamond believed to be the third-biggest "gem quality" stone in history, reports Reuters. (See what it looks like here). After a preliminary analysis, the 1,098-carat diamond is behind only the 3,106-carat Cullinan Diamond found in South Africa in 1905 and the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona diamond found in Botswana in 2015, per the CBC. The latter sold for $53 million, notes CNN. The still-unnamed diamond was unearthed through a joint venture between De Beers and a state-owned mining company. It's nearly 3 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 1 inch thick. (More diamond stories.)

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