South Africa: Disappointment among diamond seekers! “Gems” Were Just Quartz – News From Abroad

South Africa: Disappointment among diamond seekers!  "Gems" Were Just Quartz - News From Abroad

The big treasure’s dream is broken!

A supposed diamond in South Africa turned out to be a completely common quartz and abruptly ended the diamond rush in some parts of the population. Thousands of hopeful adventurers flocked to the site after a shepherd found a shining white stone in KwaZulu-Natal province.

The government then sent geologists and mining experts to collect samples. With disappointing results: “The investigation clearly showed that the stones found in the area are not diamonds,” the regional government said on Sunday.


Thousands of treasure hunters came to the site, dreaming of great treasures. But the government sent them home againPhoto: Sifiway Sibeco / Reuters

Instead, they are quartz crystals, the value of which is likely to be “much lower” than that of diamond.

The government called the diamond seekers who arrived to leave the area. Their mining activities pollute the environment and pose a health risk in the wake of coronavirus.

Just last week there was a record discovery in neighboring Botswana: the world’s third largest white diamond was found in a mine owned by diamond producer Debswana. With its 1098 carats, it is worth several million euros.

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