29 August 2016 / Blog
One day in 1866, a 15 year old shepherd boy named Erasmus Stephanus Jacobs made one of the most important discoveries in the entire history of South Africa– only, he didn’t realize it at the time! Erasmus discovered a strange looking pebble on the banks of the Orange River, and brought it home to share with his family. This stone was then used as a decoration for some time – until a neighbor, who collected rocks, asked to take the stone to a geologist in order to find out what the fascinating rock was made out of. As you might have guessed, this rock turned out to be a diamond– and it sparked a massive wave of immigration and investment in South Africa that defined the country and its economy for decades to come!