Botswana flaunts its largest ever blue diamond


Botswana’s state-owned Okavango Diamond Company showed a 20-carat shiny gemstone on 17-April that it said was the biggest blue diamond ever discovered in the nation, one of world’s top producers of natural stones.

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Blue diamonds are wanted after for their color and scarcity. The 45-carat Hope Diamond is maybe the best known.

VVS2 clarity

The company, known as ODC, publicized the discovery of the Okavango Blue, an elegant oval-cut stone, at an occurrence event in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone. It said the stone was classified “fancy blue” with VVS2 clarity, meaning that it holds only minute imperfections. Only a trickle of similar blue stones has come to market during the last period, of which the Okavango Blue rightfully takes its place as 1 of the most important.

The Okavango Blue was exposed last year at the Orapa mine, operated by Debswana, a joint venture between Botswana and Anglo American’s De Beers.

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