Lucara Diamond names its huge diamond, the second-largest ever found

The Vancouver miner has named the massive gem ‘Lesedi La Rona,’ which translates as ‘Our Light’

The 1,111-cara Lesedi La Rona diamond | Lucara Diamond

Vancouver’s Lucara Diamond (TSX:LUC) has announced the name of the massive 1,111-carat diamond it found in November at its Karowe Mine in Botswana

The company has named the giant find “Lesedi La Rona", which means "our light" (in the Tswana language spoken in Botswana). 

On January 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.

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 C$3,000) 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)