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One of the Biggest Diamonds Ever Is Found

At 1,098 carats, it would be the third-largest gem-quality stone in history
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2021 1:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – There's no estimate yet on what price it may fetch, but it's safe to say the coffers of Botswana will be getting a nice little bump. Miners found a diamond believed to be the third-biggest "gem quality" stone in history, reports Reuters. (See what it looks like here). After a preliminary analysis, the 1,098-carat diamond is behind only the 3,106-carat Cullinan Diamond found in South Africa in 1905 and the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona diamond found in Botswana in 2015, per the CBC. The latter sold for $53 million, notes CNN. The still-unnamed diamond was unearthed through a joint venture between De Beers and a state-owned mining company. It's nearly 3 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 1 inch thick. (Read more diamond stories.)

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