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Diamond Pipe Mining

Brilliance offers a wide variety of certified diamonds for you to choose from so that you can have the engagement ring of your dreams. However, getting that diamond to your finger is not as easy as it may seem. A million diamonds must be mined to produce a single one-carat, polished diamond. Additionally, a diamond will loose 40 to 60 percent of its original size during the cutting process.

Diamonds formed deep beneath the earth’s surface (about 90 miles) were brought to mineable depths through underground volcanic eruptions that took place millions of years ago. Many techniques and procedures are used to bring the diamond-bearing earth to the surface. Over the next few weeks the Brilliance Blog will discuss the different methods of diamond mining.

One of the most popular methods of retrieving diamonds from the ground is known as Pipe Mining. When this method is employed, diamond-bearing earth is extracted from the ground through the use of volcanic pipes, which are natural underground channels. Next, the diamond-bearing earth is brought to a screening plant where it is mixed with a muddy water suspension known as “puddle” which separates the heavier minerals from the rock and soil. The heavier minerals settle to the bottom and are sifted through to find the diamonds.

Be sure to check back with the Brilliance Blog when we discuss Marine Mining.

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