Massive 404-carat diamond worth $14 million found deep in Angolan mine

Massive 404-carat diamond worth $14 million found deep in Angolan mine

The stunning find is one of the largest diamonds ever discovered.

An Australian mining company has discovered a huge 404-carat diamond worth approximately $14.3 million in Angola.

The Lucapa diamond company announced the find recently, noting that it was the largest diamond ever discovered in Angola, and its size would place it 27th on the list of all-time biggest diamonds, according to an Agence France-Presse report.

Mining began as recently as August 2015 at the site called Lulo, and it has already produced more than 60 large diamonds since then — but this one was definitely the biggest.

As huge as the diamond was, there was a much bigger find last year, when miners stumbled upon a staggering 1,111-carat diamond in Botswana.

Even that diamond is dwarfed by one of the largest diamonds ever discovered: the Cullinan Diamond, which weighed 3,106.75 carats and was discovered at a mine in South Africa in 1905.

The Cullinan Diamond was eventually cut into nine pieces and turned into polished gems. The first and largest piece, Cullinan I, is also called the Great Star of Africa and is 530.4 carats, making it the largest polished white diamond int he world. It was the largest polished diamond period until the discovery of the Golden Jubilee Diamond in 1985, which was found in the same mine.

The second-largest gem is the Cullinan II, also called the Second Star of Africa, which comes in at 317.4 carats and is the fourth largest polished diamond in the world. It is mounted in the Imperial State Crown and is part of the Royal Crown Jewels held in trust by Queen Elizabeth II.



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