Where are diamonds found around the World?
Where are diamonds found around the World? Natural diamond sources have been discovered in approximately 35 different countries around the World across several continents. Russia, Botswana and South Africa are the world’s major gem quality diamond producers and Australia is the major industrial diamond producer. The most notable diamond deposits are in Africa. Details of world locations are as follows:
- Africa - South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Tanzania and Sierra Leone India
- Russia - Siberia
- South America - Brazil
- Australia - Northern and Western Australia
- United States - Arkansas (Crater of Diamond State Park) Colorado and Wyoming
- Canada - see Canadian Diamonds
The Names of the States where diamonds are found
The Arkansas, Wyoming and Colorado are the only states to have a verifiable source of diamonds, however significant research efforts are being made in the United States are under way to locate other possible sources.
Where diamonds are found in the United States - Arkansas
In 1906 John Huddleston sold his diamond-bearing land for $36,000 to a group of men who began the Arkansas Diamond Company. Horace Bemis bought the adjacent land and formed the Ozark Diamond Corporation. Despite the yield of diamonds no one was able to make a fortune. Both of these plots of Arkansas land were opened as tourist attractions and both plots were eventually purchased in 1969 by General Earth Minerals of Dallas, Texas who continued to run the land as tourist attractions until 1972 when the State Of Arkansas bought the land for $750,000. It is called the Crater of Diamonds State Park of Arkansas. The Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only publicly owned diamond site in the world where visitors may search for diamonds and keep what they find! The land has yielded over 70,000 diamonds including the Kahn Canary Diamond and the Uncle Sam Diamond
Where diamonds are found in the United States - Colorado
The state of Colorado has been linked with diamonds since 1875 when two unscrupulous prospectors convinced the president of the Bank of California that they had found a rich diamond field. Their claims were a hoax - they had sprinkled the land themselves with gemstones! Kimberlite was then discovered in the late 1960's at the Colorado-Wyoming state line area in Larimer County, Colorado. In 1975 diamonds were recovered from unique volcanic structures called diatremes (the upper portions of these volcanic structures) which were located northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado. It was an almost unbelievable coincidence that the diamond deposit site was only 150 miles away from the prospectors hoax diamond field! In 1996, the Kelsey Lake mine began mining on a commercial scale and in 1997, the Kelsey Lake Mine produced a 28.18 carat yellow diamond. The mine was closed in 1998 but there are some plans to re-open.
Where diamonds are found in the United States - Wyoming
Diamond Kimberlite pipes have been found in Wyoming, near the Colorado-Wyoming state line area referred to as the Aultman, Ferris and Schaffer kimberlites.
The Herkimer Diamond Mine and the Ace Of Diamonds Mine - New York
The Herkimer Diamond Mines and the Ace Of Diamonds Mine are not underground mines but are strip mines in the form a gravel pit. There are no diamonds! But faceted quartz crystals with points at both ends are found in this area.
Source of Diamonds
The source of the diamond is a fascinating subject. This page was designed to clarify where they can be found around the world, in the United States and the meaning of Kimberlite, Placer Deposits and Alluvial deposits.
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Kimberlite - Placer deposits - Alluvial deposits