African History

The World’s Third-Largest Diamond Discovered in Botswana

On Wednesday, the president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi presented a diamond with a 1098-carat which is believed to be the third-largest diamond discovered in the world…

According to the government of Botswana, the gem was discovered at the Jwaneng Mine, south-central of the country on 1st June. The mine is being operated by the owners of De Beers Group of Companies, Debswana, and the government. The minefield is mostly believed to be the richest diamond mine in the way by their values.

The stone which  is 73 mm long, 27 mm thick, and 52 mm wide. The first diamond was discovered in 1967. The managing director of Debswana, Lynette Armstrong, boasted that it is believed to be the third largest.



“A rare and special gem, that means so much in the context of diamonds in the country. It restores hope to any struggling country.”
According to the president, all proceeds will be channeled to the national development of the country.

As Congo is known for their cobalt, Botswana is also the largest diamond producer in Africa. After discovering Lesedi La Rona (1109-carat) in 2015 in which a jeweler, Graff Diamonds (A British multinational in 2017 at $53 million. The largest stone, Cullinan Diamond was discovered in South Africa, in 1905 weighing 3106-carat.


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Buchi Prinzy Henry
An African writer with cravings to unearth all stolen, hidden, and unheard glories of Afrika. Mental emancipation is my mission. I write on History Category at 54history.com

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