People for centuries have dug out various forms of precious diamonds from mines. Some are small, some are giant, some are transparent, some are pink or yellow.
But what the miners in Siberia has just found is not only extraordinary, but the only so far in history. This unique kind of diamond has vacuum inside it, and believe us, another smaller diamond is trapped in there! Means, a diamond inside a diamond! The inner diamond even have enough space to move around.
This rare gem has been named as Matryoshka Diamond, after the famous Russian matryoshka dolls. Matryoshka is a set of different sized, oval shaped dolls, which are placed one inside another.
Diamonds having inclusions or flaws is a very common fact. It is rare to find any diamond that doesn’t have defect or any mineral mixed in it. But discovering a diamond inside a diamond? Even experts can’t remember any such incident in the past. The Russia based diamond mining group Alrosa, which found this diamond as was saying, in that scenario this Matryoshka Diamond is the first ever of it’s kind.
This newly discovered Matryoshka Diamond is however not a big one in size. While the entire diamond’s dimensions are 4.8 x 4.9 x 2.8 millimetres and 0.62 carats (0.124 grams) in weight, the inner diamond is 1.9 x 2.1 x 0.6 millimetres in dimensions and weights 0.02 carats (0.004 grams).
Finding out the exceptional structure of the diamond, the confused mining staffs who first noticed it in the mine, sent it to Alrosa’s laboratory for further research. As the Raman and infrared spectroscopies, X-ray microtomography and other tests were done, everyone got surprised by the result! All came to know for the first time about a super exceptional diamond hiding beneath the ground for centuries.
Alrosa’s scientists are indicating that this diamond is probably around 800 years old. But for confirmation and finding out more details about it’s structural character, they are now sending the diamond to United States.