Diamond Mining Methods
26 October 2015 / Blog
Did you know that mining a single one carat diamonds requires over 250 tons of earth to be mined? This incredible statistic reflects the great lengths to which humans will go to acquire the amazing jewel. Although diamonds are mined in over 70 countries spanning the entire globe, more than half the worlds diamonds are mined in Africa–and a large portion of those diamonds are taken from the fascinating process known as alluvial mining. Alluvial mining (which is named after the Latin root Alluvias (to wash against) is the process of scratching out diamonds that have been washed along river beds. This is the most ancient type of diamond mining (it has been around for at least two or three thousand years) and it is also one of the most incredible–the dedication required to find diamonds amongst the muddy residue of the enormous rivers is incredible.