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South African Diamonds: A Photographic Personal Perspective

Diamonds, together with gold, are inextricably woven into the social, economic, and political fabric of South Africa. For more than 140 years, these two commodities have given rise to industries that have sustained the economic development of the region. Diamonds were originally the mainstay of the South African mining industry, and although South Africa no longer leads the world rankings, diamonds still provide employment and money for many individuals and companies.

Dr. Bruce Cairncross is head of the Department of Geology at the University of Johannesburg and a consulting editor of Rocks & Minerals.

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