Saturday, June 7, 2008
All about Diamonds
Every body know that diamonds is most beautiful stones in over the entire world but a very few people know that what is diamonds and where is it found? Diamond may be up to 3 billion years old, which is much older than their surface host rock. Diamond crystallization originates some 200 kilometers, or 320 miles, beneath the surface and the disaggregated crystals are merely transported to the surface via kimberlite and lamproite pipes. These igneous host rock formations are roughly cylindrical in shape and act as a conduit from the Earth's mantle to the continental crust. Today, 75-80% of the world's natural diamonds are used for industrial purposes and 20-25% for gemstones. Diamond may even be found in meteorites.