Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, and pretty diamonds all in a row. All right, maybe that’s not quite how the famous nursery rhyme goes, but it’s what it could be if the hypothesis presented by Dr. Stephen Haggerty happens to be correct. I can’t wait to share the nature of this idea with the Crafted by Infinity team. As it turns out money might not grow on trees, but diamonds might be found beneath them.

It seems that geologist Dr. Stephen Haggerty from the Florida international University made a startling discovery in 2013 while searching for diamond deposits in Liberia, on behalf of the Youssef Diamond Mining Company. Haggerty was searching for evidence of kimberlite, which is a dark greenish-blue rock that sometimes contains diamond deposits. The discovery trip was not going well, the team had not uncovered any promising kimberlite deposits.

Dr. Stephen Haggerty poses by Pandanus plant, diamond discovery hypothesisBut then one day, Haggerty spotted a Pandanus Candelabrum, which is a large plant with palm fronds and a base made of thick, exposed roots that extend deep into the ground. He remembered seeing the plant at other mining operations, and wondered whether there might be a connection between the plant and kimberlite deposits. So Haggerty dug up the plant using a pry bar, and discovered a giant kimberlite deposit that was 500 meters wide. Haggerty’s belief is that the plant might be feeding off of the mineral deposit.

And all I’ve got in my garden are worms and a bunch of rocks that look nothing like kimberlite. Kimberlite might not always contain diamonds, but it’s worth a shot and I’m willing to do some digging!

Nah, who am I kidding? We all know that it’s easier to just select a Crafted by Infinity diamond from the inventory of High Performance Diamonds. There’s no guesswork or prospecting involved, I just need to click my mouse a few times and lo and behold, the diamond of my dreams will be sitting right there in front of me!

Read the Full Article in Broward Palm Beach New Times. It’s a fascinating article that is full of diamond history and lore. Fascinating stuff to discuss with the family over the holidays.

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