The World's Second-Largest Diamond Was Just Discovered in Botswana

Turns out 1, 111 carats is basically the size of a tennis ball. 💎=🎾

A diamond nearly the size of a tennis ball, second only in size to a stone that's now housed in Britain's crown jewels, was unearthed in Botswana this week.

The 1,111-carat stone was discovered in the Karowe Mine in Botswana, which is owned and operated by the Vancouver-based Lucara Diamond Corp (opens in new tab)., according to the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab). An 813-carat diamond was also found in the cache.

The largest diamond ever uncovered was a 3,106-carat stone found in 1905 in South Africa. It was split into several separate gems that include the Great Star of Africa and the Lesser Star of Africa, two stones that are now housed in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom (opens in new tab)

"I am truly at a loss for words," Lucara chief cxecutive William Lamb told the WSJ. "We are truly blessed by this amazing asset."

The stone's value could reportedly be in the tens of millions of dollars. Blessed indeed.

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