Second largest diamond now named

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The world’s second largest single diamond, uncovered last year, has now been named.

The 1111 carat diamond, found by Lucara Diamond Corp in Botswana in November, has been named the Lesedi La Rona – which means Our Light – following a naming competition held in Botswana.

The competition was launched three weeks ago to name the massive Type IIa diamond, and more than 11,000 entries were received during the process.

According to Lucara it retained Ernst & Young to ensure transparency in the naming process.

The winner of the competition, Thembani Moitlhobogi, was awarded the prize of 25,000 Pula ($3100).

“The outpouring of pride and patriotism shown by all the participants in the contest was incredible,” Lucara CEO William Lamb said.

“The diamond industry has played a vital role in the country's development, allowing for significant and ongoing investment in world-class healthcare, education and infrastructure; "Lesedi La Rona" symbolises the pride and history of the people of Botswana."

The 1111 carat Type IIa gem was found from the south lobe of Lucara’s Karowe mine, in Botswana, and is the largest single stone over 1000 carats found in more than a century.

Lucara is still yet to name its 813 carat diamond, the sixth largest single stone ever recovered, which was found only days after the massive Lesedi La Rona.