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Rio Tinto Says Karelian’s Finland Find Is Diamond-Making Material

Nov 11, 2015 11:26 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Karelian Diamond Resources said samples collected from a Finnish mine have been identified as materials from which diamonds can potentially be made, following tests by Rio Tinto.

Karelian collected them close to a kimberlite area it discovered in the Rihiivaara area of the Kuhmo region of Finland, according to a statement by the Irish diamond exploration group. Rio Tinto identified the minerals using a scanning electron microscope.

Karelian chairman Richard Conroy said the results were “truly excellent” and “confirm the potential within the target area.”

The presence of G10(D) garnets, a type of mineral that in the past has indicated suitability for diamond production, was a particularly pleasing discovery, Conroy said in the statement.

As a result we remain very confident that the hard work by both Rio Tinto and our team will lead to an important new discovery,” he added.
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