In the past four decades or so, diamond research has proved to be an amazingly productive field of scientific investigation into the evolution of the Earth, as evidenced, for example, by the recent appearance of an article in the journal Science relating major diamond formation to the onset of the Wilson Cycle in the Archean (Shirey, 2011). Such findings depend on getting access to natural diamonds and developing an understanding of the significance of the properties of both diamond itself and mineral inclusions associated with its formation. This is not a straightforward issue for a number of practical...

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