The Diamonds, Coal, And Gold Of India; Their Mode Of Occurrence And Distribution

Paperback | January 18, 2012

byValentine Ball

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881. Excerpt: ... THE DIAMONDS, COAL AND GOLD OF INDIA. CHAPTER I. DIAMONDS. To say that India has for many years been famous for her diamonds would be to enunciate a truism with which every one is familiar. It is not an easy matter, however, to determine for how long this has been the case, still less so to fix with approximate accuracy any period of the world's history as being that when the precious gem first came to be esteemed in the East. At least 3,400 years have elapsed since the first account of it in the "Mahabaratta" (b.c. 1500) was written--and it may have been known long previous to that. By some it is thought that the Koh-i-nur belonged to King Vikramaditya (b.c. 56), a personage who seems to have been most ubiquitous, if a tithe of all that is said of him could be believed. I show below, when describing the diamond localities of Sambalpur, that Ptolemy possessed a remarkable amount of information regarding them. Tavernier v, was of opinion that those of Soumelpour, a distinct locality, were the oldest workings in India. In this account I have attempted to give references to the most important authorities on the subject of Indian diamonds and diamond workings both ancient and modern, but my knowledge of the ancient literature of India is too limited to enable me to give a resum'e of what may be recorded on the subject in native writings. The late Professor Blochmann had, I know, culled from many sources notices in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu on the subject of the mineral productions of India, but these have, unfortunately, never been published. According to Captain Burton, the Indian diamond was first made famous in Europe by the French jeweller, Jean Baptiste Tavernier (born 1605, died 1689), who made six journeys to India in order to purchase precious stones....

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881. Excerpt: ... THE DIAMONDS, COAL AND GOLD OF INDIA. CHAPTER I. DIAMONDS. To say that India has for many years been famous for her diamonds w...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217578780

ISBN - 13:9780217578783

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