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Huge 1,174 carat diamond excavated in Botswana

Written by Rob PichetaZahid Mahmood, CNN

A huge 1,174 carat diamond has been found in Botswana, a mining company has said, the second massive diamond found in the country in a matter of weeks.

The rare stone was mined in the Karowe diamond mine last month and presented to the government at a ceremony on Wednesday.

It is the third diamond of more than 1,000 carats found on the site and is now being turned into “valuable collections of polished diamonds in top color”, the Canadian mining company Lucara Diamond said in a press release.

The diamond is larger than a 1,098-carat stone that was also found in Botswana in June, which was considered to be the world’s third largest diamond.

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi attended a ceremony on Wednesday to see the stone.

Naseem Lahri, CEO of Lucara Botswana, said its excavation “is history, but also for Botswana.”

The stone is “a variable quality fission bead with significant domains of high quality white bead material,” 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 ever recorded is the 3,106-carat Cullinan Diamond found in South Africa in 1905. Cullinan was subsequently carved into smaller stones, some of which form part of the crown jewels of the British royal family.

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