Two Billion Years Old
Discovered in the Precambrian rocks of Canada’s Northwest Territories, the Foxfire’s origins can be traced back to the earliest history of our planet.
Subject to extremely high pressure and temperatures reaching up to 400°C, this mass of carbon was transformed into a raw diamond. In this state, the Foxfire remained sealed within the earth’s core — approximately 200 kms below the surface of our planet.
55 million years ago, the earth began to cool and develop a crust. In Canada’s remote tundra, volcanic activity brought molten magma up to the surface, scattering it in all directions. As this magma cooled, bluish-green volcanic structures called kimberlite pipes were formed. Relatively rare, kimberlite ore is famously rich in diamonds and other precious gems. The ore found in the Diavik mines was no exception.