Canadian-based Lucara Diamond Corporation have announced the finding of the second-largest diamond in history.
This tennis ball-sized white diamond weighs in at a jaw-dropping 1,111 carats! The stone, described as gem-quality with a type IIa grade, was found in the company’s Karowe Mine in Botswana on Monday.
The stone ranks only behind the Cullinan Diamond in terms of carat size. When the Cullinan Diamond was recovered in 1905, it weighed in at an astronomic 3,106 carats. The diamond was later cut into 9 major stones and another 96 smaller stones.
Lucara followed up that news with an announcement on the finding of two other hefty white diamonds. The first, weighing in at 813 carats, is considered to be the sixth largest diamond ever recovered. The other stone found weighed in at 374 carats.
“I am truly at a loss for words. This has been an amazing week for Lucara with the recovery of the second largest and also the sixth largest gem quality diamonds ever mined. We are truly blessed by this amazing asset.”
-William Lamb, president and CEO of Lucara