Lucara Diamond Corp has uncovered the world’s second largest single diamond.
The 1111 carat, type IIa, gem was found from the south lobe of Lucara’s Karowe mine, in Botswana.
The miner was ecstatic over the find, with CEO William Lamb stating "this historic diamond recovery puts Lucara and the Karowe mine amongst a select number of truly exceptional diamond producers”.
“The significance of the recovery of a gem quality stone larger than 1000 carats, the largest for more than a century and the continued recovery of high quality stones from the south lobe, cannot be overstated.
“Our focus on mining the south lobe, which is delivering value beyond expectation, has been perfectly timed with the commissioning of our recent plant modifications, enabling the recovery of these large, high quality exceptional diamonds."
The world famous Cullinan diamond, which sits in the British crown jewels, is the largest, coming in at 3106.75 carats.