Diamonds around the World: Kimberley

22 August 2016 / Blog

The South African city Kimberley is a town that owes its legacy to diamonds. Kimberley was
nicknamed “the city that sparkles” because of its importance in the diamond industry– and
declared a tentative UNESCO world heritage site in 2004 because of its stunning hand-dug
open-air diamond mine. Kimberley also hosted a historic meeting between African states
that gave birth to the “Kimberley process,” which verifies diamond origins and has helped
make tremendous strides toward ending the sale of conflict diamonds. Throughout its
history, Kimberley drew immigrants and adventurers from around the world who came to
seek their fortunes in the diamond mines, and thus grew into a sprawling, multicultural city
that continues to attract tourists to this day.
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