Miners Uncover Diamond-Within-A-Diamond Believed To Be First Of Its Kind
By Mikelle Leow, 08 Oct 2019
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Be like this gem: shine from the inside as you would from the outside.
Miners have discovered a diamond containing another diamond in Siberia. According to Russian mining company ALROSA PJSC, it’s believed to be the first of its kind to ever be discovered.
The two-in-one stone is estimated to be over 800 million years old, and has been likened to Russian nesting dolls thanks to the smaller, free-moving diamond found in its middle. The external gem weighs 0.62 carats, while the tinier one has a weight of 0.02 carats.
Oleg Kovalchuk, deputy director for innovations at ALROSA’s Research and Development Geological Enterprise, describes the diamond as “a unique creation of nature, especially since nature does not like emptiness.” Typically, gaps would be filled with other minerals “without cavity formation,” he adds.
The stone was discovered in the Nyurba mine in the Siberian region of Yakutia, and was later handed to the Research and Development Geological Enterprise to be examined.
Through techniques like spectroscopy and X-ray microtomography, researchers deduce that it was the egg that came before the chicken. They theorize it started with the inner diamond, “and the external one was formed during the subsequent stages of growth,” the mining company comments.
Scientists are still analyzing this literal rare gem, but what fascinates them the most is how the air space sandwiched between both diamonds came about.
A #diamond containing another, free-moving gem inside unearthed from a mine in #Siberia is the first stone of its kind in recorded history, #Russian state mining company Alrosa PJSC said on Friday.— The Weather Channel India (@weatherindia) October 7, 2019
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[via The Weather Channel India, cover image via Shutterstock]
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