“Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”
Pliny the Elder, Ancient Roman Naturalist, 1st Century A.D. Diamonds have a long history as objects of beauty and human desire. The earliest mention of diamond mining
appears in Sanskrit texts in the 4th century BC. Manuscripts from the court of the first emperor of India recorded the rising value of taxes collected from mining vajra, and an ancient Hindu proverb states: vajra can only be scratched by another vajra – indicating that the mines must have been diamond mines.

India’s diamond mines are now exhausted, but it was once a premier diamond-producing nation and birthed many celebrated royal diamonds such as the magnificent Koh-i-Noor, which now forms part of the British Crown Jewels held in the Tower of London.

Modern diamond mining, as we know it today, began in South Africa in the late 19th century. In 1866, the child of a Dutch farmer found a diamond measuring 22 carats, near the Vaal River. Three years later, an 83 carat diamond was uncovered, creating a world-wide stir and initiating the South African “diamond rush”. In 1971 dry digging began at four mines. The largest of these mines was the Colesberg Kopje (Hill) in Kimberley, which later earned the nickname, “The Big Hole”. To this day, South Africa remains the biggest producer of diamonds in the world.

Every diamond is a miracle of time and place and chance. Like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.
Understanding the 4Cs, designed to outline a diamonds quality, is paramount when purchasing a diamond. All Afrogem staff are highly skilled and can guide you through the process of choosing the perfect diamond to suit your lifestyle.
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