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.”
Mining and development company Lucara Diamond outlined their latest diamond finds on Monday, August 17 and it was highlighted by a spectacular 336-carat diamond, type IIa white diamond.
Four other significant diamonds were also found including white ones weighing in at 184 carats, 94 carats and 86 carats. A 12-carat pale pink diamond was also recovered but the official color will be confirmed once Lucara’s experts finish cleaning it.
The fabulous stones were mined from the Karowe Diamond location in Botswana. Lucara, who owns 100% of that mine, have recovered 216 diamonds from that location that have sold for at least $250,000. Of those diamonds, 12 of them have sold for more than $5 million!
Aside from the Karowe Diamond mine, Lucara also holds a 75% interest in the Mothae Project in Lesotho. As per the company’s website, they have completed the trial mining stage at Mothae. The location was put on care and maintenance while Lucara investigates further development options.