This African country unearths one of the largest diamonds in the world; check the pictures



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One of the world’s largest diamonds was discovered this week in Botswana, a country in southern Africa.

The 1,098-carat diamond is believed to be the third largest “gem-quality” diamond ever to be found.

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi said the gemstone was unearthed earlier this month in the Jwaneng mine, about 120 kilometers from the country’s capital, Gaborone.

Officially opened in 1982, the Jwaneng mine typically produces between 12.5 million and 15 million carats of diamonds per year, a company that operates the mine said in a statement.

This month’s find is the largest gemstone the company has found since the first diamond discovery in Botswana in 1967, the government said.

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.

The second largest find would be the Lesedi La Rona, a 1,109-carat stone found by Canadian company Lucara Diamond at the Karowe mine, also in Botswana, in 2015. The diamond was sold to luxury jeweler Graff for $ 53 million. of dollars two years later. .

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A 1,098-carat diamond, discovered in Botswana and believed to be the third largest gem-grade stone ever to be mined, can be seen in this undated photo received on June 16, 2021. (via REUTERS)
Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi (right) holds a precious diamond in Gaborone, Botswana on June 16, 2021. - Botswanan diamond company Debswana said on June 16, 2021 that it unearthed a 1,098-carat stone it described as the third largest of its kind in the world.  The stone, found on June 1, 2021, was shown to President Mokgweetsi Masisi in the capital Gaborone.  (Photo by Monirul Bhuiyan / AFP)

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Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi (right) holds a precious diamond in Gaborone, Botswana on June 16, 2021. – Botswanan diamond company Debswana said on June 16, 2021 that it unearthed a 1,098-carat stone it described as the third largest of its kind in the world. The stone, found on June 1, 2021, was shown to President Mokgweetsi Masisi in the capital Gaborone. (Photo by Monirul Bhuiyan / AFP) (AFP)
A member of the Botswana cabinet holds a gemstone diamond in Gaborone, Botswana on June 16, 2021. - Botswanan diamond company Debswana said on June 16, 2021 that it had unearthed a 1,098-carat stone which it described as the third greatest of the sort in the world.  The stone, found on June 1, 2021, was shown to President Mokgweetsi Masisi in the capital Gaborone.  (Photo by Monirul Bhuiyan / AFP)

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A member of the Botswana cabinet holds a gemstone diamond in Gaborone, Botswana on June 16, 2021. – Botswanan diamond company Debswana said on June 16, 2021 that it had unearthed a 1,098-carat stone which it described as the third greatest of the sort in the world. The stone, found on June 1, 2021, was shown to President Mokgweetsi Masisi in the capital Gaborone. (Photo by Monirul Bhuiyan / AFP) (AFP)

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