A History Of Diamonds In South Africa

History of Diamonds Cape Town Diamond Museum

The 1867 discovery of diamonds in the Cape Colony, South Africa, radically modified not only the world’s supply of diamonds but also the conception of them. As annual world diamond production increased more than tenfold in the following 10 years, a once

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History of Diamonds Shimansky

Diamonds in South Africa have a history of almost 150 years, and their discovery in Kimberley made them readily available to the Western World. Diamond mines are a great contributor to the South African economy. There are mines in five of the country’s

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History of Diamonds in South Africa Diamonds 27

The story of South African diamonds started when the first diamond was discovered in 1867 by 15-year-old Erasmus Jacobs, on the Orange River. This 21.24 carat diamond was named the Eureka diamond, and is the single most important diamond in the history of South Africa.

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South Africa - Diamonds, gold, and imperialist ...

Diamonds, gold, and imperialist intervention (1870–1902). South Africa experienced a transformation between 1870, when the diamond rush to Kimberley began, and 1902, when the South African War ended. Midway between these dates, in 1886, the world’s largest goldfields were discovered on the Witwatersrand.As the predominantly agrarian societies of European South Africa began to urbanize

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History Of Diamond Mines In South Africa

The South African history of diamonds started in the 1866 mid December and February 1867. This happened as Erasmus Jacobs, a 15 year old, discovered a transparent stone in their farm which is located on the south bank of Orange River. In the next fifteen years, the South Africa had produced diamonds more than India produced in 2,000 years.

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Historical Reading: The Diamond Fields of South Africa ...

May 29, 2017  South-African Diamond-Mines, Author unknown, Appleton’s Journal, Vol. 5, No. 115, pp. 672-675, (1871). An early description of traveling to the diamond fields and the means used to get there to recover diamonds. The South African Diamond-Fields, Author unknown, The Year-Book of Facts in Science and Art, pp. 202-204, (1871). The author quotes ...

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Digging for diamonds in South Africa Britannica

Jul 24, 2020  Diamond fever takes hold. The de Beers family also has a small farm here. They promptly sell it to a diamond prospector for 100 times its original price. The land soon obtains historical significance as the home of South Africa's most important diamond reserves. In next to no time, men from all over the world are digging up the soil.

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Shimansky’s History of Diamonds in South Africa

Shimansky’s History of Diamonds in South Africa. A look at the background of Mzansi’s most sought-after stone . Though the global history of diamonds dates back around 3.3 billion years when these treasured stones were first formed by high pressure and heat deep within the earth’s crust, the South African

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Brief history of diamond mining in South Africa - Mining ...

Brief history of diamond mining in South Africa. INCLUDING MAJOR EVENTS 1867 Diamonds are discovered in the Cape Colony – now the Northern Cape – when 15-year-old Erasmus Jacobs finds a transparent rock on his father’s farm. The rock is later known as the 21.19ct Eureka diamond

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History Of Diamond Mines In South Africa

The South African history of diamonds started in the 1866 mid December and February 1867. This happened as Erasmus Jacobs, a 15 year old, discovered a transparent stone in their farm which is located on the south bank of Orange River. In the next fifteen years, the South Africa had produced diamonds more than India produced in 2,000 years.

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Digging for diamonds in South Africa Britannica

Diamond fever takes hold. The de Beers family also has a small farm here. They promptly sell it to a diamond prospector for 100 times its original price. The land soon obtains historical significance as the home of South Africa's most important diamond reserves. In next to no time, men from all over the world are digging up the soil.

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First recorded discovery of diamonds in the colonial ...

Mar 16, 2011  13 October 1867 marks the first recorded discovery of diamonds in the colonial period of South Africa, with the very first becoming known as the Eureka diamond. By 1871, more diamonds were found in the vicinity of the present-day Kimberley, leading to the establishment of De Beers Consolidated Mines under the leadership of Cecil John Rhodes.

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A Brief History of Diamonds. Diamonds are the most ...

Jun 29, 2016  This led to a larger global supply of diamonds stemming from South Africa, and by 1888, De Beers Consolidated Mines LTD was incorporated in South Africa and began to control the global diamond trade.

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A history of mining in South Africa (ZA)

M M ining in South Africa has been a contentious issue since 15-year-old Erasmus Stephanus Jacobs discovered South Africa’s first diamond, the Eureka, in Hopetown in 1867. It kickstarted what historians call the Mineral Revolution, which made few European opportunists wealthy beyond measure, and saw hundreds of thousands of men leaving their homes to become fulltime mineworkers.

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History of Diamonds in Africa HowStuffWorks

Diamonds in Africa were formed somewhere between 600 million and 3 billion years ago when titanic-force pressure and heat caused carbon 1,200 miles (1,931 km) below the Earth's surface to crystallize. As recently as a million years ago, erupting molten rock brought the diamonds closer to the Earth's surface. Since then, they have brought joy into the hearts of those who receive them and stress ...

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The History of De Beers and Diamonds

Dec 19, 2011  But the diamond rush that began in South Africa in the second half of the 19th century flooded the market with diamonds, which, as any good businessman knows, kills demand.

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List Of Diamond Mines In South Africa (2021) - South ...

Jan 13, 2021  The Venetia Diamond Mine is a huge diamond Mine in South Africa. In fact, it has a reputation for being the largest producer of the precious stone in the country. It is located in the Limpopo Province. Location: Within the 360 km² Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, South Africa The History Of Diamond Mining In South Africa (Brief)

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Diamond History in Brazil, South Africa, and Beyond ...

Nov 28, 2019  Diamond history continues with discoveries in Brazil in the 1700s. (Read Part 1 here.) For over 150 years, Brazil dominated the industry. Then in the 1860s, a young boy discovered a lustrous pebble in a river in South Africa. Diamond Discovered in Brazil. Remember, the mines in India began running low around the beginning of the 1700s.

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Diamonds: A History - CBS News

In 1871, however, world annual production, derived primarily from South Africa, exceeded 1 million carats for the first time. From then on, diamonds would be produced at a prodigious rate.

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South Africa (1870-1920) - Langerman Diamonds

This diamond was named Eureka when it was presented at the 1868 World Expo in Paris. Shortly thereafter, another Boer discovered an 83.50-carat stone, the Star of South Africa (which was sold by Christie's for US$522,000 in the beginning of the years 2000). This is all that was needed to start the first diamond rush in 1870.

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All About the Kimberley Diamond Mine in South Africa

Jun 07, 2019  At Kimberley visitors can view a 17-minute movie about the location and the history of diamond mining in Africa. They also get to walk out on a high platform to view The Big Hole, take a ride down a faux mining shaft, enter a locked vault to view genuine diamonds of all

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First recorded discovery of diamonds in the colonial ...

Mar 16, 2011  13 October 1867 marks the first recorded discovery of diamonds in the colonial period of South Africa, with the very first becoming known as the Eureka diamond. By 1871, more diamonds were found in the vicinity of the present-day Kimberley, leading to the establishment of De Beers Consolidated Mines under the leadership of Cecil John Rhodes.

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South Africa (1870-1920) - Langerman Diamonds

This diamond was named Eureka when it was presented at the 1868 World Expo in Paris. Shortly thereafter, another Boer discovered an 83.50-carat stone, the Star of South Africa (which was sold by Christie's for US$522,000 in the beginning of the years 2000). This is all that was needed to start the first diamond rush in 1870.

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A brief history of diamonds and the Big Hole in Kimberley ...

1869: The Star of South Africa, an 83.5 carat rough diamond, is discovered by a Griqua herdsman in Hopetown. It triggers the first diamond rush. 1870: In mid-1870 diamonds are found in the river diggings at Klip Drift (now Barkly West), triggering the second diamond rush. Later that year diamonds are found at the farm Bultfontein on the edge of ...

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A Brief History of Diamonds. Diamonds are the most ...

Jun 29, 2016  This led to a larger global supply of diamonds stemming from South Africa, and by 1888, De Beers Consolidated Mines LTD was incorporated in South Africa and began to control the global diamond trade.

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Diamond History in Brazil, South Africa, and Beyond ...

Nov 28, 2019  Diamond history continues with discoveries in Brazil in the 1700s. (Read Part 1 here.) For over 150 years, Brazil dominated the industry. Then in the 1860s, a young boy discovered a lustrous pebble in a river in South Africa. Diamond Discovered in Brazil. Remember, the mines in India began running low around the beginning of the 1700s.

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South Africa: A Closer Look at the Diamond Industry - News ...

Sep 16, 2015  Over the course of almost a century and a half of diamond mining, the country has produced some of the most significant diamonds in history, including the famed Cullinan diamond, the largest ever gem-quality rough diamond at 3,106.45 carats. Fifty years after diamonds were first discovered in South Africa, production reached 50 million carats.

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The History of Diamonds - BeBusinessed

More diamonds would be found along the river in Hopetown, transforming the quiet village into a diamond mecca. South Africa proved to be a rich source of diamonds. In 1871, an 83.50-carat diamond was found on a shallow hill called Colesberg Kopje. This officially kicked off the South African diamond rush, leading to the first large-scale ...

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All About the Kimberley Diamond Mine in South Africa

Jun 07, 2019  At Kimberley visitors can view a 17-minute movie about the location and the history of diamond mining in Africa. They also get to walk out on a high platform to view The Big Hole, take a ride down a faux mining shaft, enter a locked vault to view genuine diamonds of all

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Diamonds: A History - CBS News

In 1871, however, world annual production, derived primarily from South Africa, exceeded 1 million carats for the first time. From then on, diamonds would be produced at a prodigious rate.

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The History of De Beers and Diamonds

Dec 19, 2011  But the diamond rush that began in South Africa in the second half of the 19th century flooded the market with diamonds, which, as any good businessman knows, kills demand.

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How the African Diamond Trade Works HowStuffWorks

Known as blood diamonds or conflict diamonds, these gems are mined and exported illegally from certain parts of Africa by corrupt groups bent on funding bloody rebel conflicts and civil wars. Before we get into the gruesome details of the corrupt African diamond trade, it's important to note two things.

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The Diamond Industry and History of South Africa by ...

Rosseta our correspondent from South Africa Eureka is the name of the single most celebrated diamond in the history of South Africa. During the 1800s on a farm near the Orange River, a young boy and his sister would gather and play with the pretty stones collected from the banks of a river running through their farm.

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Economic Impacts - Diamond mining in South africa

There is a large economic impact of diamond mining in South Africa as diamonds provide a lot of money to the economy, which provides better living conditions. Diamonds today are mined in about 25 different countries but around 49% of diamonds come from South Africa. South Africa is the fourth largest diamond producer in the world.

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South African Diamonds in Queen Elizabeth's Crown Jewels ...

The largest cut diamond in the world, the 530.2 carat, pear-shaped Cullinan I (or Star of Africa) is set as the main stone in the majestic Sceptre with the Cross. The 317.4 carat cushion cut Cullinan II – the second Star of Africa –was placed in prime position, front and

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