Sierra Leone ‘Divine Diamond’ on the Market

By Kemo Cham in Freetown

One of the world's largest diamond discovered in Sierra Leone has been put up for sale, the government announced.

The 709 carat uncut diamond found by an evangelic pastor earlier this month, is being sold by international tender, a public notice on Saturday indicates.

The Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources pegged the fee for bidding documents at $5,000. Bidders will also have to place a security of $50,000.

The precious stone dubbed 'divine diamond' due to its owner's religious commitment, was discovered in the eastern Kono District, home of the two largest diamonds discovered in the country.

Persistent rumour

It is currently locked in a safe within the Central Bank of Sierra Leone. It will be on public display at the bank from Wednesday through to April 5.

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