Russian diamond miner Alrosa celebrated Valentine’s Day by displaying a unique rough diamond that has the shape of a heart.
The rough stone weights 65.7 cts. and was found January 23 in Yakutia. An Alrosa statement says it is “endowed with high-quality characteristics” and is believed to be more than 300 million years old.
In an interview supplied by Alrosa, chief specialist Natalya Kislova called this an “extremely rare” find.
“Rough diamonds come in a wide variety of shapes, but this is the first time in my career that I’ve seen a heart-shaped one of such size,” she said. ”It is noteworthy that nature itself gave this extraordinary form to the rough diamond; humans did not make any effort,” Kislova said.
She said that the miner was still evaluating what to do with the diamond.
“Taking into account the natural shape, there is a chance that any future polished diamond will still be heart-shaped,” she added.
Evgeny Agureev, member of Alrosa’s management board and director of its sales arm, noted in a statement that “most diamonds are octahedron shaped or do not have a particular shape at all. The appearance of a heart-shaped rough diamond, especially on the eve of Valentine’s Day, seems to be a symbolic gift of nature not only to our company, but also to all loving couples.”
This is not the only time Alrosa has found an odd-shape rough. Last summer, during the World Cup, it tweeted a piece of 0.5 ct. rough shaped like a soccer ball.
#ALROSA found a diamond in the soccer ball shape. It was recovered at Karpinskaya-1 pipe in Arkhangelskiy region on the 4th of July just before 1/4 final Wourl Cup FIFA 2018™ #Severalmaz #FIFA2018 #DiamondsOfRussia #diamondsALROSA pic.twitter.com/IoyctcfVRd
— ALROSA (@ALROSA_official) July 6, 2018
Last Halloween eve, it posted on Instagram a 24 ct. diamond that resembled a skull (pictured below).
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Diamond skull for Halloween? Yes, please 💀 Rough diamond, as it was unearthed in Arkhangelsk region, from the deposit of Severalmaz, ALROSA's subsidiary. 24 carats of beauty and horror #ALROSA #diamondsALROSA #uniquediamondsALROSA #Halloweendiamonds #Halloween #realisrare 🎃 ➖ ➖ ➖ ➖ ➖ ➖ ➖ Алмазный череп на Хэллоуин? Да пожалуйста Не ограненный алмаз, каким он был добыт в Архангельской области на месторождении им. Ломоносова, которое разрабатывает «дочка» АЛРОСА – компания «Севералмаз». 24 карата красоты и ужаса #АЛРОСА #алмазыАЛРОСА #уникальныеалмазыАЛРОСА #алмазыХэллоуина #Хэллоуин
(Images courtesy of Alrosa)