Pastor Finds and Then Gives Away 706-Carat Diamond
Mar 19 2017
Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma has instructed mining authorities to sell the gem through an worldwide bid for interested parties from all over the world, said a statement from the country's minerals agency Saturday.
He handed it over to President Ernest Bai Koroma, who thanked him for not smuggling it out of the country.
The diamond - worth potentially tens of millions of dollars - was found in the district of Kono, eastern Sierra Leone, according to local journalists.
This pastor just became a shining example of honesty after he found a massive 706-carat diamond - and then proceeded to give it to his country's president. The pastor turned the diamond over to the government in hopes that the proceeds from its sale will help the impoverished country.
In May of past year, Lucara Diamond announced the sale of an 813-carat diamond recovered from the Karowe mine in Botswana for a record-setting $63 million.
The government plans to auction the precious stone and said the selling process would be "transparent".
Analysts say it is the 13th largest diamond to ever be pulled from the ground.
The government of Sierra Leone thinks that one of its citizens is a real gem. In 2015, a 1111-carat diamond called the Lesedi La Rona was found in north-central Botswana, making it the second largest ever found.
The famous Cullinan diamond found in South Africa in 1905, at 3,106 carats, was cut into separate stones with two now in the sceptre and crown of the British Crown Jewels. The 968.9-carat Star of Sierra Leone was sold for about $2.5 million.
In May of 2016, Lucara, a diamond-mining fund sold an 813-carat diamond for a whopping $63 million.
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