Diamonds in Namibia

A little more than a century ago in May 1908, loose alluvial diamonds were first found in beach sediments near the small town of Lüderitzbucht…

Why Diamonds from Namibia?

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‘Diamonds have an image of purity and light. They are given as a pledge of love and worn as a symbol of commitment.’

Peter Singer

The history of diamonds in Namibia

Diamonds have been mined in Namibia since 1908, when railway worker Zacharias Lewala found a stone that would change the course of history of South West Africa/Namibia, and of alluvial mining. The stone was a diamond, and shortly after he handed it to his supervisor, August Stauch, a frenzied diamond rush to the desert sands near Luderitz took place and resulted in the mining of seven million carats for colonial Germany until World War I in 1914.

Alluvial Diamonds from Namibia

These alluvial diamonds are thought to have originated from primary kimberlite pipes within the high central plateau in the interior of South Africa (more than 300 miles to the east). Over some 80 million years of geologic time, the diamonds were transported down to the Atlantic Ocean by the Orange and other river systems, and then carried northward along the coast by ocean currents to be deposited either on the shallow ocean bottom or along the coastline.