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WW1 project for English Class about De Beers and the monopoly they had on the diamond industry

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Alright travel with me to 1870, Diamonds were actually considered rare, only showing up in the occasional royal necklace or crown. But then diamonds discovered in South Africa flooded the American market making diamonds nearly worthless. Then one Cecil Rhodes comes along and began to buy up all the diamond mines and then by 1888 Rhodes owned the entire South African supply. One of the many companies bought during this rise to power was owned by the De Beers brothers. Controlling the output is not easy, in 1902 prospectors found and purchased a diamond mine that had a mass volume of more diamonds than anything De Beers owned. They bought the mine to control the output or else the value of diamonds would drop. With the discovery of diamonds in Siberia in 1957 De Beers tried to buy the mine but after being denied the company that owned the Siberian mine followed suit and limited a number of diamonds released to the public which even more secured the diamond monopoly. In 2000, De Beers relinquished their monopoly on the diamond industry but the damage had already been done. De Beers had already decided back in 1938 that a diamond ring would go hand-in-hand with the engagement process which has lead to 80% of women today in the United States being given diamond rings. Now you know, let's go back and catch up with our man buying an engagement ring.
DBrieck edited dialogue in "This is your first scene." 6 months ago. DBrieck made 2 other changes. more
Man
Yes ma'am, I have it right here.
DBrieck edited dialogue in "This is your first scene." 6 months ago. more
Narrator
Alright travel with me to 1870, Diamonds were actually considered rare, only showing up in the occasional royal necklace or crown. But then diamonds discovered in South Africa flooded the American market making diamonds nearly worthless. Then one Cecil Rhodes comes along and began to buy up all the diamond mines and then by 1888 Rhodes owned the entire South African supply. One of the many companies bought during this rise to power was owned by the De Beers brothers. Controlling the output is not easy, in 1902 prospectors found and purchased a diamond mine that had a mass volume of more diamonds than anything De Beers owned. They bought the mine to control the output or else the value of diamonds would drop. Over time as more mines were discovered with diamonds De Beers either bought the diamonds being produced, the mine or put muscle on the companies to make sure they did not blow the diamond monopoly. In 2000, De Beers relinquished their monopoly on the diamond industry but the damage had already been done. De Beers had already decided back in 1938 that a diamond ring would go hand-in-hand with the engagement process which has lead to 80% of women today in the United States being given diamond rings. Now you know, let's go back and catch up with our man buying an engagement ring.
DBrieck edited dialogue in "This is your first scene." 6 months ago. DBrieck made 6 other changes. more
MAN
Yeah! Do you have a ruby or a sapphire rings?
DBrieck added dialogue in "This is your first scene." 6 months ago. DBrieck made 8 other changes. more
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Well there you have it. Thanks for listening.
 

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