(LIVE SCIENCE) – Miners in Botswana have unearthed a stunning, 1,098-carat diamond that may be the third-largest diamond in the world, according to news reports.
The giant gem was uncovered June 1 in the Jwaneng mine in southern Botswana, which is considered the world's most valuable mine, according to Bloomberg. A spokesperson for mining company Debswana — a joint venture between the De Beers corporation and the government of Botswana — said that the whopping gemstone is the largest diamond ever discovered in the company's five-decade history.
Botswana is Africa's leading diamond producer, The Guardian reported, and is also home to the mine where the world's second-largest diamond – a 1,109-carat stone called the Lesedi La Rona – was unearthed in 2015.
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