On the 25th of January 1905, at the Premier Mine forty km northeast of Pretoria, Frederick Wells, who was in charge of the open workings of the mine, went to inspect, as was his routine. Just over five metres below ground level, he saw something gleaming and headed towards it. He doubted that the object before him could be a diamond, and he thought some ‘joker’ had sought to deceive him by mischievously planting a chunk of glass. After rubbing dirt off the stone, Wells knew it was not glass in his hands. It was a crystal and soon found to be three times heavier than any previously known diamond, weighing around 622 grams, or nearly 3,110 metric carats. Wells was paid £2,000 for the discovery. The diamond takes its name from Thomas Cullinan, who owned the mine.
Thanks for this, really enjoyed. Looking forward to part II.