Gaborone – Debswana Diamond Company, a 50/50 partnership between Botswana and De Beers, on Wednesday announced the discovery of a 1,098 carat high gem-quality diamond at its Jwaneng Mine.
According to the company, this is the largest diamond unearthed in Debswana’s history, and the third largest gem-quality diamond anywhere in the world.
Debswana hosted a first official viewing of the diamond by President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday.
President Masisi said the find should inspire Debswana to keep investing in better technologies.
Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Minister Lefoko Moagi observed that Debswana’s last such find was a 4,046 carat stone at Jwaneng Mine in 1993.
The diamond was recovered on June 1, 2021 from the south kimberlite pipe at Jwaneng and is the biggest gem quality stone the company has ever dug up since diamonds were discovered in Botswana in 1967.
Known as the Prince of Mines, Jwaneng began production in 1982 and, along with Debswana’s Orapa Mine, has been an engine for inward investment of diamond revenues in infrastructure, education and healthcare that has driven Botswana’s significant economic growth over the past half-century.
In a statement, Debswana said the discoveries at Jwaneng and Orapa Mines have earned Botswana a reputation as a global success story in transforming finite resources below ground into infinite opportunities above ground.
“The historic discovery was made at Jwaneng Mine on 1st June 2021 and was made possible through the combination of cutting-edge technology to uncover and process the diamond and the unparalleled experience of the Debswana team who spotted the diamond and protected it throughout the recovery process,” the company said.