The firm which jointly operates with the government of Botswana and renowned Anglo American diamond firm, De Beers group of companies found the diamond in one of its mining sites, Jwaneng which is about 75 miles away from Gaborone, the capital of Botswana in June 01, 2021.
Official presentation of the diamond to the president of the Republic of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi by the diamond company Debswana was made on Wednesday, June 16,2021.
According to the diamond firm’s acting managing director in the person of Lynette Armstrong, based on the analysis carried out by the firm, it’s been disclosed that the stone is the third largest to be mined in the world.
The huge gemstone is regarded as the largest to be mined by the company over five decades of its mining activities.
It comes after the discovery of South Africa’s 3,106 carat Cullinan stone in 1905 and 1,109 carats Lesedi La Rona unearthed in Botswana by Lucara diamonds in 2015.
Government officials of the country have not yet disclosed its name and the proposed cost of the newly discovered world’s third largest diamond.
It was revealed in an official twitter account of the government that the income from the diamond will be used in a lot of developmental projects in the country since there has been economic retrogression since 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Source: Botswana News