Blesq Diamonds
1 February 2019

Nothing is Created Like a Diamond
Part 2

Travel with us, from the oldest diamond, to the first find.

We’d like to share our passion and expertise for diamonds with you, which is why we’ve created the Blesq diamonds blog – read on for gripping tales and exciting news about the most precious gemstone on Earth.

Diamonds from Outer Space

In addition to a journey, billions of years through Earth’s history, a diamond could also have traveled billions of light years through space. And if not the diamond itself, then the asteroid that creates diamonds in collaboration with the Earth.

Extraterrestrial Diamond Formation

Meteorites possess a portion of carbon and thus the mineral raw material for diamonds. Highspeed collisions of meteorites in space, scientists suspect, cause the extraordinary conditions that transform carbon from the mineral into the famous gemstone: high temperatures and very high pressure. Diamonds account for up to three percent of the carbon deposits in meteorites. In samples of meteorites, such as the Allen Hills meteorite discovered in 1984 in Antarctica, tiny diamonds were found for the first time.

Diamonds from Asteroid Impacts

Asteroids are larger than meteorites and produce explosions and energetic discharges of particular intensity when they impact the Earth. These impacts are just as brutal as the raging forces in the Earth’s core, in which diamonds are formed. An asteroid impact is able to generate these pressures and temperatures directly at the Earth’s surface, where carbon then modifies into diamonds. Various finds at impact sites prove this phenomenon. So it is not only the special hardness that makes diamonds a symbol of infinity worldwide – it is also these fantastic circumstances of their origin that play with the limits of our idea of space and time.