Pastor Finds Massive 706-Carat Diamond In Sierra Leone Mine

There are people willing to enslave, exploit and kill other humans without a second thought for a fistful of diamonds, so imagine what they would do to get their hands on a 706-carat diamond worth millions.

That's the dilemma pastor Emmanuel Momoh faced when he discovered the monster diamond in an artisanal mine in Sierra Leone, and knowing the discovery put his life in danger he gave it to the government for safe keeping:

According to The Guardian, the government said that Emmanuel Momoh found the gem in an artisanal mine in the village of Koyadu within the diamond-rich Kono region. It weighs in at 706 carats. The stone was presented on Thursday and will be sold in a government-held transparent auction in the Sierra Leone to benefit the community.

"I have to help the government and my people, so all of us can benefit," presidential spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay quoted Momoh as saying.

The diamond still needs to be analyzed by experts, but it's probable that it's among the largest, behind the 3,106-carat Cullian diamond and a 1,111-carat diamond discovered in 2015. Diamond expert Paul Zimnisky told the AFP news agency that it could possibly rank "between the 10th and 15th largest dem-diamonds ever recovered."

-Via Esquire

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Diamonds are overpriced pieces of carbon. We've known for decades that DeBeers and others have been inflating the price of diamonds to keep it artificially high. We've known for decades that many precious stones are rarer than diamonds but aren't as expensive. And we've known for decades that the diamond industry in Africa have been the cause for civil wars and that the black market for blood diamonds has been brutally violent.

This huge piece of rock is just another reminder that diamonds aren't that rare and shouldn't be as expensive. We're paying a huge price for letting diamond merchants get away with bilking millions off people just to wear overpriced rocks.
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