When it comes to news in the diamonds industry, these must be really good to impress. Well, quite recently miners discovered a unique type of diamond in the Tolbachik volcano frozen lava- in the Kamchatka Peninsula of far East Russia. Scientists from all over the world are quite impressed with these findings and they now classify the gemstones as completely new & unique types of diamonds.
The new types of diamonds are named after the place they were found- Tolbachik Diamonds. According to geologists, the Tolbachik diamonds were born under a very peculiar natural formation where the gemstones crystalized under the direct influence of the electric discharge of lightning and the pressure from the volcanic gases. Geologists also agree that several decades ago experts wanted to create a synthetic type of diamond where the result would have been exactly the one now created naturally in the Tolbachik diamonds. In the early 60s the French wanted to create a synthetic diamond where they would use gas as primary substance and then using electric discharge for the crystallization of the gemstone.
At a closer look, the Tolbachik diamonds are similar to the synthetic diamonds found on today’s market. However, the main mineralogical and geological structure of the diamond is unlike any other type of precious stone discovered until now. These diamonds are particularly large in size (200 and up to 700 microns!). According to scientists, this is actually the first time when they discovered lava rocks that show such very dense diamond content.
This discovery actually gave way to very intense disputes among specialists regarding if the Lab Grown diamonds should be regarded as ‘synthetic’ any longer. The Tolbachik diamonds resemble almost in every aspect the structure of the lab grown diamonds and they are naturally formed in lava. Therefore, the Lab Grown diamonds should be more highly regarded just as the naturally mined diamonds are.
Another important fact to keep in mind is that only a true expert is actually able to tell the difference between the Tolbachik diamonds created naturally and the lab grown diamonds. Someone who is not an expert would simply regard the Tolbachik diamonds as synthetic diamonds, given their different structure from the regular diamonds formed in magmatic melt.
Experts found an extremely high quantity of diamonds (several hundreds of pieces) in only a small sample of frozen lava in the Kamchatka Lava in Russia. When or how these gemstones will enter the fascinating diamond industry, and if the price of jewelry featuring Tolbachik diamonds will be more budget friendly is yet to be settled…