• Short Summary

    Diamond exhibition at Christie's and workers at South African diamond mine.

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    Titles read: "FABULOUS DIAMONDS".

    London and South Africa.

    Exterior of Christie's Auction House. Inside we see various shots of 'The Ageless Diamond' exhibition. People peer in showcases to see Marie Antoinette's diamond necklace and diadem. C/Us of these and a Directoire diamond clasp, with a miniature painting of a French officer in the centre. C/U of the 'Eureka diamond' - the first diamond to be discovered in South Africa in 1867.

    Several archive shots of the 1927 diamond rush in South Africa. Old man sits in a chair; Crowds of people around; horse-drawn wagon; two men holding stakes; people digging for diamonds.

    General views of the town of Kimberley today. African men working at a diamond mine. Miners line up to have their findings assessed. They hand diamonds over to a white man at a desk. M/S of rough, uncut diamonds on a table.

    Back at Christie's we see C/U of diamond ring on a finger. Two models wear diamond tiaras and necklaces. One of the necklaces includes the Nepal diamond. C/U of a pear-shaped diamond. Security guards stand beside a showcase containing the Queen's collection. C/Us of the Queen Alexandra Tiara, the Cullinan Brooch and the Queen Mother's Garter Star.

    Note: further info on exhibition on file.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:26:00 / 01:47:16:00

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