Miners Unearth Largest Diamond to be Found in 100 Years

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Imagine putting this thing on a ring. You’re looking at the biggest diamond to be found in the last 100 years, which was discovered in a mine in north-central Botswana.

Lucara Diamond, the Canadian company that controls the mine in question, reports that the stone weighs in at a staggering 1,111 carats. That’s 221 grams (7.8 ounces) of raw, unadulterated bling, that measures 65 x 56 x 40 millimetres.

The largest diamond ever to be found was recovered from a mine near Pretoria, South Africa, way back in 1905. That stone, known as the Cullinan Diamond, clocked in at 3,106-carats (about 635 grams or 22 ounces) and was eventually cut into several large gems, two of which appear in the British Crown Jewels.

It’s not yet clear what will happen to the new stone. Any early bids? [Lucara Diamond via BBC]

Image by Lucara

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