A 1,098-carat diamond believed to be the third-largest gem-quality stone ever to be
mined, has been discovered in Botswana, according to a joint venture between Anglo
American’s De Beers and the government
The precious jewel was dug up by miners in the Jwaneng mine in southern Botswana.
It’s considered to be the world’s most valuable mine. The diamond itself will be valued
in the coming weeks.
The largest rough diamond ever discovered was called The Cullinan and it was found
in South Africa in 1905.
WP diamonds recently valued it at $2billion (£1.4billion).
The Cullinan was 3,106.75 carats before it was cut up and the newly discovered diamond
is 1,098 carats.
Carats are the units of measurement that experts use to describe the physical weight of a
diamond. The recent large diamond discovery was made on June 1 by miners who work
for the Debswana mining company.
A spokesperson for the firm said it was the largest diamond ever discovered by
the company over its five decades in the business.
The Cullian diamond may have been must larger when first discovered but it was actually
cut into around 100 pieces in 1908.
The largest 530-carat piece was sent to England and was placed on British Sovereign’s Royal Sceptre.
It makes up part of the Crown Jewels of England that was famously kept in the Tower of London.
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from ‘evil spirits’ has been unveiled by archaeologists.
The mystery surrounding the age of the Cerne Abbas Giant may have finally been solved.
And, scuba divers found a huge 50-pound mammoth bone in a Florida river.