Russia claims new type of diamond discovered from Tolbachik volcano

Tolbachik volcano

The  Russian Ministry of Science is claiming that geologists have discovered a new type of diamond that was formed during the eruption of the  3,682m  Tolbachik volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula two years ago. The diamonds were found in the solidified lava of after Tolbachik erupted in 2012 and are said to look almost identical to synthetic diamonds to the untrained eye. “It is quite possible that Russian geologists have found a natural alternative to French-patented synthetic diamonds,” a spokesperson for the Ministry said. “They recovered  several hundred diamonds from a small sample of solidified lava.” This is comparable, he said, to the abnormally high enrichment of diamond lava rocks found  in India’s Dachin field.