Lucara Diamond Corp says the contest is underway for the official naming of the extraordinary 1,100+ carat Type IIa diamond recovered in November of last year from the company’s Karowe mine in Botswana. The company said the contest has attracted over 11,000 entries to date.
“This beautiful, gem quality diamond is the largest diamond ever recovered in Botswana and the second largest ever in the world,” Lucara said.
“The contest, open only to citizens of Botswana, has attracted over 11,000 entries to date. The winning name will be announced in simultaneous press conferences held in Gaborone and the Indaba Conference in Cape Town at 3:30 p.m. GMT+2 (Central African Time) on February 9, 2016. The winner will receive a cash prize of P25,000.”
The magnificent stone, which originated from the south lobe of Lucara’s Karowe Mine, is the world’s second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered and the largest ever to be recovered through a modern processing facility.
“The stone was recovered by the newly installed Large Diamond Recovery (“LDR”) XRT machines. The stone measures 65mm x 56mm x 40mm in size and is the largest ever to be recovered in Botswana,” said the company headed by William Lamb at the time.