The Light at the Start of Everything

The light at the start of everything looks at you with wonder and delight and it says,
I hope you’re ready for all of this. Because it’s happening.

And Bang. Just like that… you’re here.

And the light says, I hope you travel well.
I hope you ride the wave from the center, all the way out.

And the light says, you know the start, but not the end.
All our ends are different.
And you, you are only here for a little while.
But you are part of some eternal something.

And the light says, there is a way to hold everything you ever were.
There is a way to hold time in your hands.

And the light says, remember, you and I were everything once.

And one day, we’ll be everything again.



Written for The Okavango Blue by international bestselling author and poet, Iain Thomas.

The light at the start of everything looks at you with wonder and delight and it says,
I hope you’re ready for all of this.
Because it’s happening.

And Bang. Just like that… you’re here.

And the light says, I hope you travel well.
I hope you ride the wave from the center,
all the way out.

And the light says, you know the start,
but not the end.
All our ends are different.
And you, you are only here for a little while.
But you are part of some eternal something.

And the light says, there is a way to hold everything you ever were.
There is a way to hold time in your hands.

And the light says, remember, you and I were everything once.

And one day, we’ll be everything again.



Written for The Okavango Blue by international bestselling author and poet, Iain Thomas.

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30 mm

20.46
carats

The unmatched quality and unparalleled purity place it in the upper echelons of blue diamonds ever discovered.

Oval
shape

It is perfectly proportioned with precise, pristine edges.

VVS2
Clarity

The rating is one of the highest polished colour classifications possible for a blue diamond.

Colour
Fancy Deep Blue

The diamonds spectacular colour is classified as Fancy Deep Blue by the Gemological Institute of America.

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ODC is a rough diamond marketing company that is wholly owned by the Government of the Republic of Botswana, and is based at the Diamond Technology Park, Plot 67782, Block 8 Industrial, Gabarone, Botswana.

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  • GROWTH

    Diamonds are a building block for economic growth and prosperity in Botswana. It contributes to the government's revenue, creates employment opportunities, and funds schools, hospitals and other critical infrastructure.

  • SUSTAINABLE

    The ODC strives to build a sustainable future on a global stage for the local diamond industry on the foundation of prosperous and ethically driven business practice.

  • TRANSFORMED

    A journey of transformation is underway as Botswana ascends to its place amongst the world’s leading diamond destinations. It is tapping into the nation’s untold potential through transparency and good governance.

  • NATURAL

    Unearthed in a land renowned for its natural riches and untouched beauty, and named in honour of another Botswana treasure, The Okavango Delta.

"We are conscious of how important ethically sourced, natural diamonds are to the public, and [so, we] are, therefore, fortunate that our diamonds are sourced in the rough by an industry [that] puts the people of Botswana first. Buyers out there can trust the provenance, and the fact that diamonds are doing good for the people of Botswana."


Lipalesa Makepe, Okavango Diamond Company's Chief Financial Officer

The Okavango Blue of Botswana

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