Botswana’s largest rough diamond now has a name “Sewelo”, after a public competition held by Lucara Diamond Corp.

The company chose to call the 1,758 carat stone Sewelô, which means “rare find” in the local language of Setswana. It was the winning entry from more than 22,000 entries.

The largest diamond in Botswana’s history was named by the Botswana people tonight to celebrate the success of Botswana,” said Lucara CEO Eira Thomas.

The miner has completed his analysis of the diamond – which he mined at the Karowe mine in April – and is considering sales opportunities, Thomas added.

Lucara announced the new name at a gala, attended by President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana.