Interested in learning more about the history of diamonds and the diamond mining industry? Check out our list of recommended reading.

Diamonds in Nature: A Guide to Rough Diamonds illustrates the range of crystal shapes, colors, surface textures, and mineral inclusions of rough, uncut, naturally forming diamonds.

Diamond: History of a Cold Blooded Love Affair: For centuries, diamonds have symbolized wealth, prestige and love; however, behind those symbols lies a world of deceit, monopoly and war.

The Nature of Diamonds: Cutting-edge research takes the reader to the frontiers of diamond exploration and exploitation, from the Arctic wastes to the laboratories where diamonds are created for massive road shredders that rip up and then re-create superhighways.

History of Diamonds: Diamond trade industry remains a very confidential world. No one knows exactly how diamonds get from one place to another. This book explains in great detail how Canadian diamonds changed the secretive diamond industry.

Diamond Handbook: A Practical Guide to Diamond Evaluation: This handbook updates jewelry professionals and serious diamond buyers on the new developments in diamond grading, treatments, synthetic diamonds, fancy-color diamonds and lab certificates.

Diamonds (PRS – Polity Resources series): Behind the sparkle of the diamond lies a murky story, in which rebel armies in Angola, Sierra Leone and the Congo turned to diamonds to finance their wars.

Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa: Southern Africa was once regarded as a worthless jumble of British colonies, Boer republics, and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world. But then prospectors chanced first upon the world’s richest deposits of diamonds, and then upon its richest deposits of gold. What followed was a titanic struggle between the British and the Boers.

Diamonds, Rice, and a ‘Maggi Cube’: Artisanal Diamond Mining and Livelihoods in Liberia: Diamond, Rice, and a “Maggi Cube” represents the conclusions of the second phase of the Egmont Artisanal Diamond Mining Project, which ran from 2009 until mid-2011 and was funded by the Belgian government.