“From the first moment we saw the diamond, it was clear we had something very special,” said Marcus ter Haar, managing director of the Okavango Diamond Co., in a statement. “Everyone who has viewed the 20 ct. polished diamond has marveled at its unique coloration, which many see as unlike any blue stone they have seen before.
“Only a very small percentage of the world’s diamonds are classified as fancy color and, of those, only a select few can be classified as being fancy blue,” he added. “It is incredibly unusual for a stone of this color and nature to have come from Botswana. [It’s] a once-in-lifetime find.”
Okavango chief financial officer Lipalesa Makepe in a statement, “We are conscious of how important ethically-sourced natural diamonds are to the public and are therefore fortunate that our diamond resources are managed responsibly in a manner that puts the people of Botswana first. Consumers can purchase Botswana diamonds with a sense of pride knowing that these diamonds are improving the lives of the people of Botswana.”
Article by Rob Bates (JCK News Director)
(Images courtesy of Okavango Diamond Co.)
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