Feature Gems & Gemology, Fall 1981, Vol. 17, No. 3

Ruby in Diamond

The first substantiated identification of corundum (var. ruby) occurring as an inclusion in natural diamond is presented. The ruby is assigned to the eclogitic suite of inclusions in diamond, and the implications of its occurrence are discussed in relation to the genesis of "eclogitic" diamonds. It is concluded that diamond crystallizes from a melt over a long period of time with possible fluctuations in ambient temperature and geochemical environment.