Winter Wonderland

~ Aristotle

(Source: abiotic, via irresisted)


Modern diamond mining began in South Africa in the 1870s after the discovery of the Star of South Africa diamond by a Griqua shepherd boy, who unfortunately remains unnamed, in 1869 on the banks of the Vaal River.
The original stone, before cutting, weighed 83.5 carats (16.7 g). Sometimes known as the Dudley Diamond, the white diamond now weighs 47.69 carats (9.54 g).
The shepherd sold the stone for the price of 500 sheep, 10 oxen and a horse to Schalk van Niekerk, a neighboring farmer locally famous for having discovered a 21 and a quarter carat diamond in 1866 which he had sold for a good price.
Van Niekerk sold the stone on to the Lilienfield Brothers in Hopetown, South Africa for £11,200. The Lilienfield Brothers sent it to England where it changed hands twice before finally being bought by the Countess of Dudley for £25,000.
The diamond stayed in the Wards’ possession until 2 May 1974 when it was sold on auction in Geneva for 1.6 million Swiss Francs, equivalent to around £225,300 (£1,748,860 as of 2012).