The second-largest diamond in the world was found in Botswana


The second-largest diamond ever discovered was found in Botswana on Monday by the Canadian diamond producer, Lucara, the company announced Wednesday.

The 1,111 carat gem-quality diamond is type IIa, meaning it has very few impurities and was found using a Large Diamond Recovery machine, according to the company’s press release.


Also part of the same discovery was a 813-carat gem (which Lucara says is the sixth largest diamond ever found), and a 374-carat gem. The largest diamond ever discovered is the 3,106-carat Cullinan Diamond, which was found in 1905 in South Africa. It was divided into several pieces, and the two largest — the Great Star of Africa and the Second Star of Africa — are both now part of the Crown Jewels of England.

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The Great Star of Africa in the Scepter with the Cross.
The Imperial State Crown; Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's Cro
The Second Star of Africa in the Imperial State Crown.

Though William Lamb, Lucara’s president and CEO said in a teleconference this morning that at this point, “being able to put a value on the stone is really not possible,” he also noted that he was already receiving email requests from people who were interested in buying it.  

We bet that at least one of those emails came from Joseph Lau, the Chinese billionaire who just last week purchased a 12.03 carat blue diamond for his seven-year old daughter, paying $48.4 million at Sotheby’s. After all, he’s also got a 13-year old daughter and we have a feeling she’s jealous.