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2nd-Biggest Diamond Ever Is The Size Of A Tennis Ball And Just Sold For $53 Million

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

Got a few million dollars lying around?

If you do, and if you’re into diamonds, there’s a jeweler you might want to call up.

After failing to sell at auction last year, the second-biggest diamond ever just sold to a jeweler — who paid a whopping $53 million for the stunning gem.

According to a report by the New York Post back in July, the rock is about the size of a tennis ball and weighs in at 1,109 carats. It is named “Lesedi La Rona,” which means “Our Light” in Tswana.

The Post also reports that the diamond is about 2.5 to 3 billion years old. It was discovered in Botswana about two years ago.

No diamond like this has been found in the last 100 years. According to CNN Money, the largest diamond ever discovered was an almost unbelievable 3,106 carats. That diamond was uncovered in 1905 and eventually cut into smaller stones, which became part of the British Royal Family’s crown jewels.

What would you do with a diamond of this size? Some are saying the diamond should be cut into smaller stones that would be easier to sell, but the diamond’s seller thinks it should remain intact.

Check out the video below to see some stunning shots of the breathtaking diamond, and please SHARE this story on Facebook as a not-so-subtle hint to your husband!

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