TREASURES OF THE DIAMOND COAST: A Century of Diamond Mining in Namibia
By Michael Tambo - October 2011
Treasures of the Diamond Coast: A Century of Diamond Mining in Namibia is Dr Gabi Schneider’s book about the history of the Namibian Diamond Coast, first published by McMillan Education Namibia in 2009.
Treasures of the Diamond Coast is undoubtedly the encyclopaedia for diamond mining as it analytically chronicles all aspects of the diamond-mining industry, from events leading up to the discovery of the first diamonds to the major impact this discovery has on the country’s economy and the culture that ensued.
Moreover, the information and visual material are presented in such a way that the book appeals to a wide readership, from the casual reader and historian to the specialist diamonds collector.
The book gives a detailed account of the history of the Namibian diamond coast, covering geological, technological, economical as well as human aspects.
“In April 1908, the first diamond was found in Namibia by railway worker Zacharias Peter Lewala. Today, 100 years after this historic event, we look back on a century of diamond mining in Namibia.”
It is, thus, an appropriate time to reflect on the development of the diamond mining industry in our country, and pay tribute to those who built and shaped this vital sector of the Namibian economy,” commented the then Minister of Mines and Energy, Erkki Nghimtina in the book’s preface.
The six introductory chapters are followed by a Prelude, which examines the search for diamonds before 1908. Diamonds have been mined in Namibia for an entire century.
The secret of the wealth of the diamond deposits sustaining mining for such a long time is the fact that the country has been blessed with the most incredible geological processes, which worked together over millions of years to form an ore body unequalled in size or quality by any other occurrences of this most precious gemstone.
In addition to photographs, the book is generously illustrated with reproductions of documents, maps, mine plans, sketches and other artwork. Each chapter opens with a quotation of perceptions and opinions expressed by one of a wide variety of people, from Zacharias Lewala, the railway worker who found the first officially recognised diamond, and his superior Bahnmeister August Stauch, to geologists, engineers, Government officials, businessmen, journalists, authors, in short, people who in one way or another had a connection with the ex...
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