The world’s second-largest diamond has been found by a mining company in Botswana and it’s freakin’ enormous.
The massive 1,111 carat rock, which is the size of a fist, was unearthed by Lucara Diamond Corp at its mine in Karowe. It is the biggest diamond to be found on earth in more than 100 years with the top spot held by the mammoth 3,106-carat Cullinan, found in 1905.
Vadim Weinig, a third generation diamond dealer and co-founder of online jewellers 77Diamonds.com said:
I’m not convinced we will find another diamond of this size and quality in even the next 200 years. If the owners that cut this diamond achieve a pure stone – known as D Flawless – of close to a third of the size of the rough, which should be possible, this would produce the largest pure diamond in the world.
The Lucara measures 65mm x 56mm x 40mm and is around 1,000 times the size of the average engagement ring. It is also the rarest and purest form of diamond, and although it has not yet been valued it stands to break the existing £31.9 million record – held by the Blue Moon Josephine which was sold last week.
Better start saving those pennies.