When ‘Lasedi La Rona’ was spotted by a new employee of a Canadian mine in Botswana, he didn’t think much of the tennis sized diamond.
The tennis ball sized diamond the employee thought was average is three billion years old and 1,109 carats, which
makes it the second largest gem quality rough diamond ever found after the Culinan diamond.
Inquisitr reported that such find comes around only once a century, apparently, because the last time anyone found a
diamond that massive and valuable was in 1905 which was called the Culinan.
The tennis-ball-sized diamond will go this
summer, and the eventual owner will need far more than luck to obtain it.
According to the Associated Press, it’s
already expected to smash the record sale price of $48.5 million paid for the “Blue Moon” diamond, said the chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry division, David Bennett.
It is reported that the name, Lesedi la Rona, means “our light” in a local
language in Botswana called Tswana.
The name was reached through a local contest, which had 11,000 entries.
CEO, Lamb said the meaning is special to the locals because it expresses the positive effect that diamond mining has had on the local economy.
Editorial: Do you know the second to be most expensive stone the blue moon diamond was bought by a Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau for his 7-year-old daughter.