A Tanzanian small-scale miner has recovered a 512-carat diamond, the largest ever found in the country, according to a Twitter post by a government official.
The stone, which sold for $1.4 million, was found earlier this month by Joseph Temba in the Shinyanga region, Kitila Mkumbo, permanent secretary at Tanzania’s Ministry of Water, wrote on the social-media site last week.
Temba sold the stone through the Ministry of Minerals, and called on other small-scale miners to follow suit, according to the BBC.
Tanzania’s main exports include gold, copper, platinum and diamonds. The Williamson diamond mine, owned by Petra Diamonds, is the country’s largest source of rough stones.
Image: The 512-carat diamond. (Kitila Mkumbo/Twitter)