62-carat pink diamond found in Botswana

The huge diamond has been named Boitumelo, which means 'joy' in Setswana

The Boitumelo diamond was discovered in the Karowe mine in Botswana. Lucara Diamond Corporation
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One of the world’s largest pink diamonds has been discovered in Botswana.

At 62.7 carats, it is the largest fancy pink diamond to be recovered in Botswana and one of the world's biggest on record.

Pink diamonds are the rarest, most precious and most coveted of all diamonds and large ones are believed to be the most valuable items in the world.

This diamond has been given the name Boitumelo, meaning "joy" in Setswana.

The impressive diamond measured 26 millimetres by 17mm by 16mm, and is described as a high-quality, fancy pink, Type 2a gem.

Another 22.21 carat fancy pink gem of similar quality was recovered in the same production period, along with two pink diamonds of similar colour and purity.

"Lucara is delighted to announce another historic diamond with the recovery of the Boitumelo," said Eira Thomas, chief executive of Lucara Diamond Corporation.

"These remarkable pink diamonds join a collection of significant diamond recoveries in 2021."

In the year so far, the Karowe mine has produced 17 diamonds larger than 100 carats, including five of more than 300 carats.

Updated: July 15, 2021, 9:25 PM