The significance of mineral inclusions in large diamonds from Yakutia, Russia

Taylor, Lawrence A.; Anand, Mahesh; Promprated, Prinya; Floss, Christine and Sobolev, Nikolai V. (2003). The significance of mineral inclusions in large diamonds from Yakutia, Russia. American Mineralogist, 88(5-6) pp. 912–920.




Large diamonds (10–200 carats) from Udachnaya, Mir, and Aikhal kimberlite pipes of Yakutia
contain variable mineral inclusions typical of diamonds of smaller size. Among these inclusions,
extracted from outer portions of these diamonds, the majority are garnets of harzburgitic paragenesis,
with a small number of inclusions belonging to lherzolitic and eclogitic groups, in addition to
chromite diamond inclusions (DIs). The most striking feature of the garnet DIs is the sinusoidal rareearth
elements (REE) patterns observed for all harzburgitic, and some lherzolitic garnets, whereas
eclogitic garnets form normal LREE-depleted patterns. These sinusoidal REE patterns are indicative
of a complex petrogenesis for the garnets, involving partial-melting, followed by metasomatic enrichment,
particularly of the LREEs/MREEs. The metasomatic agents were probably not those of
carbonatitic fluids, but rather C-O-H-N-S fluids, as indicated by the negative anomalies of Ba and Sr
in the garnets.
The general axiom among investigators that most, if not all, DIs are syngenetic with their diamonds
is seriously questioned. The petrogenetic history of the harzburgitic garnet DIs involved complex
processing prior to their diamond encapsulation. That is, the garnet DIs retained a signature of
their earlier, pre-diamond encapsulation history. This result is taken as proof that basically all
harzburgitic garnet DIs are non-syngenetic (i.e., protogenetic) with their host diamonds.

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