Did you know that diamonds are mined just in the same way as coal is? I didn’t know that until I was doing some research on the subject. Some of the largest diamond mines are actually found in Russia and the country is actually where over half of the world’s diamond mines can be found. The Russian state has its own diamond company for this purpose known as Alrosa. Diamonds can be mined in open-pit and deep mine situations. Essentially a mine usually starts off as an open-pit and then as the mining begins to go deeper and deeper below the surface eventually the mine will turn into a deep it mine, usually for safety reasons. The diamonds mined in Russia and those mined anywhere in the world will be used in a variety of ways including in jewelry such as Diamond rings like those you can find at www.comparethediamond.com formerly diamondgeezer.com
Here is some information on the top two mines in Russia.
The Jubilee Mine in Sakha is where over half of the diamonds of the world are thought to reside. The mine is located along the kimberlite pipe called Yubileynaya which is where the diamonds have been mined from since it opened in 1986. It is thought that it holds around 153 millions carats worth of diamonds in total that is recoverable and it has recently produced around 10.2 million tonnes of diamond ore a year. The mine is an open-preaching down to 320 meters deep and is mined by a sector of Alrosa.
The Udachny Mine is located in the same area as the Jubilee Mine and again is mined by Alrosa. This mine is located on the kimberlite pipe Udachnaya which means it is recovering diamonds from an area of different volcanic activity than the Jubilee mine. This mine was once the deepest open-pit mine in the world but in recent years mining in this way has stopped and underground mining has taken over. The mine was established in 1955 and is reported to hold the largest deposit of diamond ore in the country. The mine is second largest to Jubilee by only a small amount with the mine thought to hold 152 million carats of diamonds. Just 1 million less than Jubilee.
So next time you put in your diamond earrings or look at the beauty in your diamond ring you can be sure that the diamond has had a well-traveled life just to get to you.