South Africa Leads The Way With Its Diamonds
South Africa is very well known for the diamonds that have been found there. The greatest diamond find was, of course, the discovery of the world’s largest diamond being the Cullinan diamond. Since 1888 De Beers has been a household name associated with diamonds and is the leader of the pack when it comes to diamonds on the world’s stage. Not only is De Beers known for being associated with the largest diamond in the world, it is also associated with the South African mining town of Kimberley where one can find the largest hand excavated hole as well. This whole is an open mine and underground mine that has delivered six thousand pounds of diamonds from its one thousand five hundred and nineteen foot wide and 42 acre surface area over the years.
Kimberley has subsequently become a tourist destination since the mine ceased operating in 1914. There is currently a museum established there and in recent years millions have been spent on developing this museum into a site to behold with a bid now in to have it registered as a World Heritage Site. This mine, together with several other diamond mines, has delivered around eleven million carats of diamonds since they were first struck in 1868 in Kimberley. What started out as a little mining town has now become the capital city of the North West Province in South Africa.
It is amazing that literally under our feet, although it could be kilometers into the earth’s crust, there are numerous hidden gems such as the diamond. These hardy jewels have been the most popular jewel of all time and still attract gasps and awe to this day. Ask any girl who has received a gift of diamonds and you are bound to hear that they have loved them since laying eyes on them. A diamond elicits various feelings and comments when they are seen and it is no wonder that these glamorous gems have been seen around the necks, arms and in the ears of many celebrities, royalties and commoners alike since their first discovery was made.