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Diamonds

De Beers is prospecting for diamonds close to its Snap Lake mineDe Beers is prospecting for diamonds close to its Snap Lake mine

Overview

Anglo American’s diamond interests are represented by our 85% shareholding in De Beers, the world's leading diamond company.

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Grading and sorting rough diamonds in Kimberley, South AfricaGrading and sorting rough diamonds in Kimberley, South Africa

Products

Most diamonds come from the mining of kimberlite deposits. Diamondiferous pipes, which are ‘pipes’ of mineral-rich volcanic rock containing diamonds, are known as primary deposits. Diamondiferous pipes are the solidified cores of kimberlite or lamproite volcanoes.

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Map of our operationsExplore our diamonds operations and projects on the interactive map

Where we operate

De Beers has mining operations in  Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa, widespread exploration activities as well as marketing and corporate offices in the United Kingdom, and retail stores worldwide.

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Financial performance2013 financial performance
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Major Projects

Around 60% of the world’s diamonds, by value, originate from south and central Africa, with significant sources also found in Russia, Australia and Canada.

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