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Canadian miner unearths 1,111 carat diamond in Botswana

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. (LUC.TO) said on Wednesday that 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 millimetres 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. CTV Two CTV News CTV News Channel BNN - Business News Network CP24