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Russian Diamond Field, Secret Until Now, Said to Contain ‘Trillions of Carats’

September 18, 2012

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A new diamond field said to contain “trillions of carats” is hitting the news wires.

Christian Science Monitor reports that the deposit lies beneath an asteroid crater in Siberia known as Popigai Astroblem. The crater, 62 miles in diameter, was actually discovered by Russian scientists in the 1970s, but the information was classified until today.

According to the story in CSM and now being reported in several international news providers and mining publications, the Soviets decided to keep the discovery a secret because “the USSR’s huge diamond operations at Mirny, in Yakutia, were already producing immense profits in what was then a tightly controlled world market,” and the country had also invested heavily in synthetic diamonds.

Russian official news agency ITAR-Tass reports the diamonds at Popigai are “twice as hard” as usual gemstones, according to scientists at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy at the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The scientists also said the find ”would be enough for the entire world for 3,000 years.”

The news comes amid slumping prices for both rough and polished diamonds, and a fair amount of turmoil in the diamond market. Both BHP Billiton (LSE:BHP) and Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO,LSE:RIO) have said they are restructuring their diamond businesses. In August luxury retailer Harry Winston was rumored to be interested in purchasing the Ekati diamond mine in northern Canada from BHP. Harry Winston owns a 40 percent stake in the Diavik mine operated by Rio Tinto in the same region as Ekati.

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  1. jay
    September 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    diamonds are not a stone, they are a fluke of nature and are very plentiful. They are not a natural stone like emerald or tourmaline,or ruby, or quartz, or sapphire. The jews decided that they would capitalize on diamonds, by creating a fake rarity, and an extensive campaign, to sell these almost worthless material. Yes they are very hard and are quite useful industrially for grinding and cutting, but are not really worth much, so the the jews had singers and Hollywood, entertainment, advertise them, for them, as in” diamonds are a girls best friend” etc..

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