Diamonds may not be as rare as once thought

Chemical model shows a simpler deep Earth formation

Courtesy: Science Daily | 03 November, 2015

Diamond mine. Credit: © lienkie / Fotolia
Diamond mine. Credit: © lienkie / Fotolia

Diamonds may not be as rare as once believed, but this finding in a new Johns Hopkins University research report won’t mean deep discounts at local jewelry stores.

“Diamond formation in the deep Earth, the very deep Earth, may be a more common process than we thought,” said Johns Hopkins geochemist Dimitri A. Sverjensky, whose article co-written with doctoral student Fang Huang appears today in the online journal Nature Communications. The report says the results ‘constitute a new quantitative theory of diamond formation,’ but that does not mean it will be easier to find gem-quality diamonds and bring them to market.Read More »