The Okavango Diamond Company (ODC), the rough diamond marketing arm of the Botswana government that sells the latter’s 15 percent share of Debswana production, has showcased a 20.46-carat diamond graded by the GIA as being an oval brilliant Type IIb, Fancy Deep Blue of VVS2 clarity.
The stone was cut from a 41.11-carat rough stone unearthed at Botswana’s Orapa mine. It has been named the Okavango Blue by the company in recognition of Botswana’s own environmental natural treasure and world heritage site, the Okavango delta. It is also seen as a symbol of the company.
The stone will be showcased over the coming months to promote Botswana as a leading global producer of natural ethical diamonds with an anticipated sale toward the end of the year.
ODC Managing Director Marcus ter Haar commented, “We feel extremely fortunate to be involved in such a singular find. Only a handful of similar blue stones have come to market during the last decade, of which the Okavango Blue rightfully takes its place as one of the most significant.”