DIAMONDS geograhical wonders not common knowledge(at least not to me)

» Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in General | 0 comments

 

The Mir mine is in the town. It is an open hole, 525-meter (1,722 ft) deep and has a diameter of 1.25 kilometers (0.78 mi) (reckoned to be the 4th largest in the world). The mine was closed in 2011, due to the difficulties of working.

 

 

The town is served by the Mirny Airport. Safety concerns have been raised about aircraft operations near to the open diamond mine; helicopters are forbidden to pass over the abandoned workings.

Then look:

http://news.distractify.com/culture/arts/the-most-spectacular-abandoned-places-in-the-world/

This blog is not just about watch collecting. I try hard to relate and connect why the peoples of the countries which have struggled, like mine, to find stability….never to loose it.

Taking a relatively mundane to those who love sports and excel in them, which I was not one, collecting or doing other things may be as good. It may not make you or I, the BMOC…big man on campus…although I was to be honest, quite a character myself.

But I wish all to find meaning when they collect watches…just look at the brand Greubel Forsey alone…its lowest price platinum work is available, if you are lucky, at $400,000 sgd..Singapore dollars.

Makes the Richard Mille look inexpensive. Even almost tasteless….as the Greubel Forseys are a move back to conservative times.

Of the 887 Moai statues on Easter Island…and as an example, that is rare enough…after 10 years…only 887 or less Greubel Forseys will exist.

By 2024, maybe 1887 in total, give/take 100 watches will be made. This is so because the founder directors want each piece to leave the factory literally picture perfect, ie able to withstand medium format digital scrutiny.

What has this to do with a Russian hyper mine?

It is so because it takes maybe up to 3 football (American) fields of platinum ore to simply create ONE case for one of their watches.

It takes 100 more men to work, at a good pace to turn out 100 watches per year….at really superlative quality, at an amazing daring move to create quality that not even established houses like Patek or Lange will try….because the cost to a consumer will be $400,000 and up to $2,000,000 and beyond.

Consumers at this level have not been studied. Do they value status? Or resale? No one knows. However, we know that the watches move out of stores in the culturally advanced cities.

In fact, the platinum Invention Piece 1 and the mother of pearl 30 degree Vison platinum, are not available easily, and have those annoying “call for pricing” on their adverts for used watches.

But…coming back to these man made geographic wonders:

Located in the city of Mirny, Eastern Siberia (Russia), Mirny in Russian means “peaceful” is known as one among the world’s largest man-made holes. Some refer to it as the ‘Navel of the Earth’.
The Mir Mine is about 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep with a diameter of 1,200 meters (3,900 ft).
After the Bingham Canyon Mine (Utah), the Mir Mine stands in line for being the second largest excavated hole in the world.
The Mir Mine remained active from 1957 to 2001 and finally closed down with good faith in the year 2011.
Owing to the huge size of this man-made hole, there were many reported incidents of helicopters crashing into the mine. Most of the helicopters passing over the mine would get sucked in due to the tremendous power of the downward air flow in the hole.
After the World War II, Joseph Stalin, the General Secretary (Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union), desired to retain Soviet independence and spent more time for expeditions. That was the time when the Mir Mine was found and constructed.
On June 13, 1955, a few Soviet geologists — Ekaterina Elagina, Yuri Khabardin, and Viktor Avdeenko with some more associates found traces of the volcanic rock known as kimberlite, which is mostly associated with diamonds.
Russia..1.25kmdiameter diamond mine,4th largest?

Russia..1.25kmdiameter diamond mine,4th largest?

 

The operations of the mine started, the seven months of winter in Siberia froze the ground and made life difficult for the mine workers. The low temperature made the car tires and steel to shatter and the oil to freeze.
 The mine workers had no choice but to use jet engines to dig out the permafrost and use a dynamite to access the underlying kimberlite pipes. The workers had to cover the whole mine every night for preventing the machinery from freezing.
The building around it had to be raised on piles to avoid the risk of them sinking. The main processing diamond plant had to be built 20 km away from the mine on a better ground. In spite of the tough conditions, the Mir mine served for more than a period of forty-five years providing standard quality, beautiful diamonds.
After a decade of its discovery, Russia become the third largest producer of diamonds in the industry, showcasing the finest quality ones.
On December 23, 1980, the largest diamond of the Mir mine was found, which weighed 342.5 carats (68 g) and was given the name “26th Congress CPSU.”
When the mine was in full operation, it produced around 10 million carats of diamond per year. The enormous supply of diamonds by Mir mine was a mystery for De Beers, and it was increasingly becoming a threat to them.
In order to keep their control over the diamond market, De Beers had to purchase huge shipments of the Russian diamonds and maintain the market price.
Soon De Beers requested a visit to the mine. However, when the delegates got there, they were tricked by the mine officials, who allowed them to be in the mine just for 20 minutes. This was done so that no important information could be obtained from the mine in such a short span of time.
In the 1990s, when the USSR collapsed, the Mir Mine was operated by Sakha diamond company for a certain period of time, earning profits of more than $600 million diamond sales per year. Later, they were operated by Alrosa.
By then, the dormant watch industry had awakened.  The most powerful, and wide reaching industry, where all could play in…charlatans to connoisseurs, buyers to journalists…all could afford $1 to $1,000,000 or more, and still grows today.
Watch making.
However, since its inception, the Mir mine has been producing a huge amount of diamond carats per year. Even when it has been shut down, it still holds trillions of carats, which can provide the world with diamonds for more than a millennium.
See:
Now, for some breath taking pictures:
Mir-diamondjpg50carats
Enjoy.
And food for thought, I hope.
Mir-Mine-Russia-Panorama
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