November 24, 2015

Largest diamond in a hundred years found

The Lucara Diamond Corporation, a Canadian company, said in a statement this week that the stone measures 1,111 carats, making it the biggest find in more than a century.

The 1,111 carat diamond is gem quality and is a Type IIa diamond.

The Royal Collection Trust, which oversees British royal treasures, says the largest diamond ever found was the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond, unearthed in South Africa in 1905.

Cullinan diamond

Replica of Cullinan diamond and crown jewels

That diamond was cut into smaller pieces that are part of the crown jewels.

Lucara, which is based in Vancouver, says it also found two other large white diamonds in the same mine, Karowe, in Botswana. Those diamonds measure 813 carats and 374 carats.

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