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The History of Mining: The events, technology and people involved in the industry that forged the modern world by Michael Coulson

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12. Diamond Mines in India and Brazil

Later, in the next two parts of the book covering the Industrial Revolution and the Modern Age, we will look closely at the rise of Africa to its position as the largest supplier of diamonds in the world. But prior to this the main sources of diamonds were firstly India and then Brazil. Before the expansion of diamond usage as a result of the coming of the industrial age and then the mass marketing of diamonds by De Beers, diamonds were the exclusive preserve of the fabulously rich.

India

Today diamond mining in India is very much a shadow of what it was, consisting now of one hard rock mine, the Panna mine in Madhya Pradesh in central India, which is controlled by state-owned National Mining Development ...

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