Exciting news this year in a world seeming somewhat depleted of fine colored gems: two great finds…
First, there has been found what may be a 50 ton boulder of Jadeite in Hpakant, Burma. Depending upon what could be the final weight of the boulder and the quality of the jadeite therein a possible several billion dollar rock. Yes, that’s billion with a “b.”
Also reported to be found is a new pocket of rubellite tourmaline in Brazil. The mine—the famous Cruzeiro mine. All the rough has already been sold. The find was in the 10’s of millions of dollars. Already sent off to the ends of the world.
The Bakerville alluvial diamond deposits in the Lichtenburg Diamond Fields, South Africa (image courtesy of IGE Resources AB)
We will never know which of our ancestors first interacted with diamonds or what they thought of them. However it seems that some of the earliest mining of diamonds occurred as many as 3,000 years ago, where humans began mining in alluvial deposits in Southern India. What’s an alluvial deposit?
The word “Diamond” is probably the most emotionally charged word in the entire lexicon of gems. Diamond is the most sought after gem in the world. Whether or not the diamond deserves this pinnacle is up for debate, but the fact that the diamond sits on the pinnacle is not.
This is due to many factors:
1. Diamonds are beautiful to the eye.
2. Diamonds tend to last.
3. There are enough to go around. Well sort of…..
4. They are well promoted.