Winter 2017 - Volume 53, Issue 4
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Rough CLIPPIR diamonds
The Very Deep Origin of the World’s Biggest Diamonds

Explores an exceptional family of diamonds, referred to as “CLIPPIR” (Cullinan-like, Large, Inclusion-Poor, Pure, Irregular, and Resorbed), that formed in a superdeep environment.

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Diamond with uneven “lizard skin” surface texture.
Lizard Skin on Deformed Diamond

The surface texture of a diamond is affected by the gemstone’s structure.

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The 187.63 ct Foxfire rough diamond.
The Foxfire Diamond, Revisited

The 187.63 ct rough diamond from Canada’s Diavik mine shows surprising reactions to ultraviolet light.

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