On Monday, Antwerp will receive a very special diamond. It doesn’t have a name yet, but with 1,174 carats (234.8 grams), according to diamond company HB Antwerp, this diamond is the third largest diamond of all time. Diamonds will also be cut in Antwerp.
The diamond was found at the Karowe Mine in Botswana, Africa, at the end of June. Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi had previously been offered the stone.
But next week, miner Lucara will send the diamonds to Antwerp. “On Monday, this diamond, which is about the size of a baseball, will arrive with safe transportation to the HB Antwerp offices in the heart of the Diamond District,” spokesman Margot Donkeyer said. “HB Antwerp will analyze and polish the diamond.”
“How much is it worth? A survey can show which stones can be mined in the rough. Then we give an estimate of the value. If it returns more when it sells, we will compensate that amount to Lucara.”
It is said to be the third largest diamond ever found. Earlier, the Sewêlo, a diamond weighing 1,758 carats and the second largest, came to Antwerp. This stone was later cut in Antwerp.
The largest diamond ever found is the Cullinan. The large stone of at least 3,106.75 carats (621.35 grams) was discovered in South Africa in 1905. It is divided into smaller stones. Some of these were incorporated into the British Crown Jewels. (cm)