Miniature, 3.5 x 2.0 x 1.2 cm
Saha Republic (Sakha Republic; Yakutia), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
This specimen features a SHARP, stepped octahedral diamond crystal measuring 6 mm, NATURALLY embedded in host rock! Note that a lot of supposedly matrix diamonds are simply fabricated, but this crystal is partially enclosed in the rock in such a way that it could not be faked. This is an excellent matrix diamond in this price range and it has excellent form and luster - such that it really "jumps out" at you from a distance! Better in person! Obtaining matrix diamonds is difficult because of the heavy security and automation at modern diamond-mining operations to remove temptation from "the human element" as I have heard it called euphemistically in the trade. Most of these specimens are either very old or came out during a temporary breakdown in order at the dissolution of the old USSR. 3.5 x 2 x 1.2 cm