A unique ‘gem inside a gem’ diamond has been unearthed in Siberia.
The 800 million-year-old two-in-one jewel is said to be priceless and the only such discovery in the world.
The so-called ‘Matryoshka’ diamond is named because it resembles traditional Russian nesting dolls, one inside the other.
The larger gem is just .62 carats with dimensions of 4.8 x 4.9 x 2.8 mm.
Inside, the tiny nested diamond in its own sealed air space has an estimated weight of .02 carats and dimensions of 1.9×2.1×0.6 mm.
The smaller diamond rattles inside the larger jewel.
The find – visible on X-ray – was announced by Russian diamond giant Alrosa and was made at the Nyurba diamond mine in the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia.
Alrosa’s Oleg Kovalchuk said: ‘This is really a unique creation of nature….usually, some minerals are replaced by others without cavity formation.’
He said ‘no such diamonds’ have been found previously, reported The Siberian Times.
Alrosa plans to send the Matryoshka diamond to the Gemological Institute of America for further analysis.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Will Stewart