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'Freak' diamond pulled from sub-Arctic ice headed for auction

from Hamilton Spectator

Even in the world of rare stones, Foxfire is a freak. It was buried in a place where big gem-quality diamonds aren't supposed to exist. A Rio Tinto Group ore processor was configured to discard it. And what saved the diamond's 187.7 carats from being pulverized was a fluke: Its unusual, elongated shape allowed it to slip sideways through a filtering screen. "It really is a miracle that it was found," said Alan Davies, chief executive officer of diamonds and minerals for Rio Tinto, the operator of Canada's Diavik mine, Foxfire's former home. more


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