Where did diamonds come from before South Africa?
Before diamonds were discovered in Kimberley, they were extremely rare, and were only found in small quantities in India and Brazil. Today, South Africa continues to be one of the world’s major producers, and it is estimated that up to 65% of the world’s diamonds were mined from an African mine.
Where in South Africa did they find diamonds?
Gemstones that sparked a diamond rush to eastern South Africa last week are just quartz after all, according to preliminary findings. Thousands of people had flocked to a hillside in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province to dig for mysterious stones first unearthed by a cattle herder and believed to be diamonds.
When did diamonds first become valuable?
Diamond, although discovered first in India in 4th century BC, became a very valuable commodity in the 1800s when European women started wearing it at all important social events. The discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1870s played a very important role in shaping the diamonds as we see them today.