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Blue Diamonds

blue diamonds cut moon stoneBlue diamonds are very rare types of diamonds. Although a very rare diamond type and colour, blue diamonds they have similar features even when found in different places around the world.

This adds to the puzzle of diamond formation theory including Ringwoodite diamonds. Why are diamonds found on or just below the surface when geology suggests they have to be formed deep inside the planet in diamond stability zones and then somehow transported up to the surface.

blue diamonds stone mine mining moonCould diamond formation happen where they are found? This would resolve the issue of how they are moved from the interior of the planet and mined on the surface.

Heat, energy, powerful compression forces could be supplied by an electromagnetic event – to turn the host material into a blue diamond.

Perhaps the most surprising result is that the Blue Moon shows an intense and relatively long-lasting orange-red phosphorescence. We are aware of only one other type IIb diamond from the Cullinan mine with orange-red phosphorescence (King et al., 2003). Type IIb diamonds with orange-red phosphorescence more commonly originated in India or Venezuela (Gaillou et al., 2010, 2012; personal communication with Thomas Hainschwang in 2011 on the Indian blue diamond collection of the Natural History Museum in Vienna). The nine diamonds from the Cullinan mine studied by Gaillou et al. (2012) showed the more typical brief bluish phosphorescence (again, see figures 6 and 7). The Blue Moon underscores the fact that the phosphorescence behavior of type IIb diamonds is not tied to a specific geographical source.
Study of the Blue Moon Diamond