Canadian Mining Company Finds World’s Second Largest Diamond

A small Canadian diamond company has found the world’s second-biggest gem quality diamond ever recovered.

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1111 Carat Type IIa Diamond, the second largest diamond in the world. (Photo Courtesy: <a href="http://www.lucaradiamond.com/i/photos/Karowe-gallery/1111-Carat-Photo-1-for-web.jpg">Lucara Diamond official website</a>)

A small Canadian diamond company has found what it says is the world’s second-biggest gem quality diamond ever recovered, and the largest in more than a century, at its mine in Botswana.

Lucara Diamond Corp said on Wednesday the 1,111 carat stone was found at its Karowe mine in north-central Botswana, one of the world’s most prolific diamond-producing areas.

The Type IIa diamond measures 65 millimeters by 56 mm by 40 mm.

The biggest gem-quality diamond ever found is the Cullinan diamond, a 3,106-carat stone found in the Premier mine in South Africa in 1905. It was cut into several polished gems, the two largest of which are part of Britain’s crown jewels.

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