The timing could not have been perfect!
Lucara, a southern Africa-focused diamond mining company, has christened the second biggest diamond recovered anywhere in the world on record, Lesedi la rona (which literally translates into Our light. The 1,111 carat stone was recovered at Karowe operation in November last year.
To come up with the name, last month, Lucara, a Canadian mining concern operating in Southern Africa, launched a competition, which was open to all Botswana citizens, including the company’s Batswana employees.”Lesedi la Rona” was chosen from more than 11,000 audited entries.
Karowe opened in 2012 and produces 40,000 carats of gem-quality diamonds a year.