Worlds Second Largest Diamond

sierra-leone-diamondSierra Leone’s government rejected a $7.8 million bid for one of the world’s largest diamonds at an auction on Thursday, saying it failed to meet the valuation.

The diamond was discovered in the country’s eastern Kono district in March by Christian pastor Emmanuel Momoh and given to the Sierra Leonean government to handle the sale. The 709-carat diamond is the second-largest to ever be discovered in the West African country, behind only the Star of Sierra Leone, which was found in 1972 and weighed 969 carats, the BBC reported.

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