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Gaborone (Botswana), April 26: One of the world’s largest diamonds weighing a whopping 1,758 carat, larger than a tennis ball, has been found in Botswana, a mining company said. This is the biggest diamond discovered in this century. The largest diamond was discoverd in 1905, before the mining was opened.

A Canadian company running the Karowe diamond mine in central east Botswana said the retrieved stone was one of the largest diamonds ever to have been unearthed and the largest ever in the southern African nation, reports Xinhua news agency.

The huge diamond that was retrieved on Thursday weighed nearly 352 grams and measured 83mm x 62mm x 46mm. It is estimated to be valued at around $90 million ( Rs 63000000)

“Lucara’s technologically advanced, XRT diamond recovery circuit has once again delivered historic results,” said Eira Thomas, Lucara’s CEO.

According to Lucara, since the new XRT plant was established, some 12 diamonds exceeding 300 carats have been sourced. This includes two stones that weighed over 1,000 carats.

Lucara owns 100 percent of the Karowe Botswana mine and is a leading independent producer of large exceptional quality Type IIa diamonds, the company said in a statement.

In 2015, Lucara  had discovered 1,109-carat “Lesedi La Rona” . It could not sell at its reserve price and was finally sold  for $53m to British dealer Graff Diamonds in 2017.

Botswana is the world’s leading producer of high quality diamonds

The biggest diamond, called  Cullinan, wieghed 3106 carat and found near Pretoria in South Africa. It was later cut into several polished gems. Largest two of the cut pieces are the Great Star of Africa and the Lesser Star of Africa. they are now in  the Crown Jewels of Britain.

News24 Bureau/ IANS

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