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'Second largest' diamond found in Botswana

Published 21/11/2015 | 20:14

The magnificent stone, which originated from the south lobe of Lucaras Karowe Mine, is the worlds second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered and the largest ever to be recovered through a modern processing facility. PhotoAFP/Getty Images
The magnificent stone, which originated from the south lobe of Lucaras Karowe Mine, is the worlds second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered and the largest ever to be recovered through a modern processing facility. PhotoAFP/Getty Images
The stone measures 65mm x 56mm x 40mm in size and is the largest ever to be recovered in Botswana. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
The diamond has been found in Botswana

The second largest "gem quality" diamond ever discovered has been found in Botswana, a mining company has said.

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The Lucara Diamond Corporation said the stone measures 1,111 carats, making it the biggest find in more than a century.

Lucara, based in Vancouver, Canada, said it found two other large white diamonds - measuring measure 813 carats and 374 carats - in the same mine in Karowe.

The Royal Collection Trust, which oversees British royal treasures, says the largest diamond ever found was the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond, unearthed in South Africa in 1905.

That diamond was cut into smaller pieces that are part of the UK's Crown Jewels.

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