Second Large Diamond in a Year Unearthed in Sierra Leone
476-carat jewel found in Kono province follows 709-carat rock found by local pastor
Another huge diamond has been released from the Earth's clutches following an astounding discovery in the West African country earlier this year.
Sierra Leone's Minerals Agency announced on Saturday that a 476-carat diamond was discovered in the Kono district – the same eastern part of the country where a local pastor unearthed a 709.1-carat stone in March.
The diamond found on Saturday will be sold by New York diamond specialists Rapaport Auctions, reports DW.com. Two other diamonds of 19.70 and 27.93 carats were discovered in the same area on the same day, the website said.
Between 1991 and 2002, Kono was at the centre of the “blood diamond” trade that funded the country’s brutal civil war as rebel groups exchanged gems for weapons. In 2003 the United Nations lifted a ban on diamond exports from Sierra Leone.
The above story is based on materials provided by Mining.