Diamond Prospecting in India: An Overview

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Abstract

Diamond, being one of the most precious minerals, is highly sought about by every nation because it plays a key role in strengthening a nation's economy. The best example is South Africa. Diamond exploration in India dates back to more than 3500 years ago. Mythological and religious idols dating back thousands of years are shown bedecked with diamond jewelary. Diamond is known in the Sanskrit language as "Vajra". Four thousand year old, Vedic literature gives accurate detailed description of a "Vajra" as a perfect octahedron. Most of the historic proofs are missing. However, the modern era of diamond industry began with the efforts of Golconda Diamond Mining Co, a British company with its Head Office in Madras. Hence most of the diamonds were said to come from Golconda. Geographically this diamond-bearing region lies in a large area between 1 3 o20'N latitude to 17o0'N latitude and77"47'Elongitude to 85o15'E longitude which comprises about 336 km (2 1 0 miles) long and l52km (95 miles) wide
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121–126
Number of pages7
JournalScience Vision
Volume6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 24 2006

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