The Fascinating History of Diamond Rushes
15 August 2016 / Blog
There’s no doubt you’ve heard the term “gold rush.” The feverish migration of adventurers and fortune-seekers to places such as California, Australia, and Patagonia capture the public imagination, and have inspired countless films and stories. Less famous (but equally as fascinating) are the many diamond rushes that have occurred throughout history. For centuries, the discovery of diamonds has brought shiploads of daring people to some of the world’s most far-flung and exotic locations: from the dry deserts of western Africa, to the wild rainforests of South America, and– most recently– to the cold and desolate lakes of northern Canada. There has even been a metaphorical “scientific diamond rush,” as researchers attempt to develop increasingly beautiful and sophisticated man-made diamonds!