In the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is a collection of 144 uncut diamonds. It is likely that these were excavated in Brazil by enslaved miners at the turn of the nineteenth century.

How can we tell the diamonds' horrifying story? And what parallels can we draw with the exploitation of child and enforced labour today to fuel the consumer demand for high-status electronics?

Dan Pemberton, Collections Manager at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, tells us more.

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The diamonds in their case
case of tiny uncut diamonds
With apologies for the quality of the image - we are having to make do while we work from home
Close up of the ebony pegs supporting the diamonds

ebony pegs