World’s second-largest diamond ever found named ‘Our Light’

Canada's Lucara Diamond had launched a a competition to name the rock

Canada's Lucara Diamond (TSX:LUC) has named as “Lesedi La Rona", which means "our light" (in the Tswana language spoken in Botswana) the giant 1,111-carat diamond it found in November at its Karowe Mine in Botswana.

On Jan. 18, the Vancouver-based miner launched a competition to name the rock, the largest discovered in 100 years, and which is second in size only to the Cullinan diamond in the British Crown jewels.

World’s second-largest diamond ever found named ‘our light’The contest was open to all Botswana citizens, including the company's employees in the country, Lucara said in a statement.

The winner of the competition, Thembani Moitlhobogi, will receive 25,000 pula (about US$2,200)

World’s second-largest diamond ever found named ‘our light’

Lesedi La Rona is a type IIa diamond. In this category there are a few famous gems, such as the Cullinan and the Koh-i-Noor.

Botswana is the world's largest producer of diamonds and the trade has transformed it into a middle-income nation.

(Images courtesy of Lucara Diamonds)