From Russia, With Love: Alrosa Unveils 66-ct. Heart-Shaped Rough

Mining and Exploration
14/02/2019 11:45

Russian diamond mining giant Alrosa has today unveiled a 65.7-carat heart-shaped rough diamond unearthed on January 23, 2019 at the Udachnaya kimberlite pipe in Yakutia. Said to be a high-quality stone, experts estimate it is more than 300 million years old ... who ever said love was not eternal?

“Diamonds of a distinctive shape that resemble some object or symbol are extremely rare in nature," said Evgeny Agureev, Member of the Management Board, Director of the United Selling Organization at ALROSA. "Most rough diamonds are octahedron-shaped or do not have a particular shape at all. The appearance of a heart-shaped rough diamond, especially on the eve of Valentine's Day, seems to be a symbolic gift of nature not only to our company, but also to all loving couples." In the summer of 2018, during the World Cup, Alrosa presented a rough diamond in the shape of a soccer ball, and for Halloween - a diamond in the shape of a skull.