Diamond octahedron on matrix

Mir Pipe, Saha Republic, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
Miniature, 3.7 x 2.0 x 2.0 cm
Start Time: 04/22/2011 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/28/2011 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

A 5-mm, extremely sharp and gemmy, pretty smoky diamond octahedran is jauntily imbedded in a dark gray kimberlite matrix. The crystal exhibits the extreme adamantine luster that the species is known for. From a find in the 1980's, specimens like this are extremely rare now. This specimen is from the famous Mir Pipe, which closed in 2004 and was the first and one of the largest diamond pipes of the USSR. THIS IS A NATURAL DIAMOND IN MATRIX - almost impossible to get out of Russia today, and seldom found anywhere for that matter. The diamonds in matrix from Brazil are in congolomerates, not the original host kimberlite. These generally are valued at shows, when they turn up anymore, at $1000 and up depending on size and quality of the diamond. This piece is farily worth $1500

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