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World'Once-in-lifetime find': Botswana's largest ever blue diamond unveiled

12:57  18 april  2019
12:57  18 april  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Image: The 20-carat gemstone is the largest ever blue diamond found in Botswana .

The southern African country' s largest blue diamond to date was mined in Orapa last year through a joint partnership between Anglo American' s De Beers diamond It is incredibly unusual for a stone of this color and nature to have come from Botswana — a once - in - lifetime find , which is about as rare

'Once-in-lifetime find': Botswana's largest ever blue diamond unveiled© Reuters The 20-carat gemstone is the largest ever blue diamond found in Botswana An oval-shaped gemstone weighing more than 20 carats has been unveiled as the largest blue diamond to be discovered in Botswana.

The state-owned Okavango Diamond Company, which markets gemstones, announced the find on Wednesday in Gaborone.

It has estimated the stone was formed between 500 million and 3 billion years ago.

"From the first moment we saw the diamond, it was clear we had something very special," said managing director Marcus ter Haar.

"It is incredibly unusual for a stone of this colour and nature to have come from Botswana - a once-in-lifetime find, which is about as rare as a star in the Milky Way.

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Watch Live. Botswana . ' Once - in - lifetime find ': Botswana ' s largest ever blue diamond unveiled .

Botswana unveiled the largest rare blue diamond ever discovered within its borders: a super rare "Fancy blue " diamond weighing more than 20 carats. The unique gemstone was discovered at Botswana ’ s Orapa mine as a 41.11-carat rough stone. Its unusual and vibrant blue color is created

"Only a handful of similar blue stones have come to market during the last decade, of which the Okavango Blue rightfully takes its place as one of the most significant."

The company said it was discovered last year at the Orapa mine, operated by Debswana, a joint venture between Anglo American's De Beers and Botswana.

'Once-in-lifetime find': Botswana's largest ever blue diamond unveiled

'Once-in-lifetime find': Botswana's largest ever blue diamond unveiled An oval-shaped gemstone weighing more than 20 carats has been unveiled as the largest blue diamond to be discovered in Botswana.

Botswana ' s state-run Okavango Diamond Company has unveiled what is believed to be the largest blue diamond ever discovered in the southern "It sits in the very top bracket of all- time historical blue diamond finds [especially because] only a very small percentage of the world's diamonds are

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A big blue diamond weighing more than 20 carats has been unveiled in Botswana , where the gem was discovered. The government-owned Okavango Diamond Company on Wednesday called it the largest blue diamond ever discovered in the southern African nation.

The stone has been graded an oval brilliant cut and itscolour confirmed as a "fancy deep blue".

Its clarity is said to be one of the highest polished colour classifications attainable for a blue diamond.

It is expected to be sold near the end of the year.

The southern African nation is one of the world's top producers of natural stones, which account for approximately half of government revenue.

World's second-largest diamond discovered in Botswana.
The 1,758-carat diamond is bigger than a tennis ball but still much smaller than the world-record holder — the 3,016-carat Cullinan Diamond, which was cut into nine pieces for the British crown jewels.

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