Kohima: Suspected precious stones that were found in Mon district’s Wanching village are likely to be Quartz, informed deputy commissioner of Mon district Thavaseelan K.
Thavaseelan told EastMojo that earlier this week, some locals found crystal-like stones in the field. “In all probability [it is] likely to be Quartz stones,” he said adding that the same has not yet been officially confirmed.
Thavaseelan said that some officials from the Department of Geology and Mining reached Mon on Friday. “They have taken samples for analysis,” he informed.
He said that the villagers found four-five of the suspected precious stones which does not look like a diamond.
“It could be some sort of quartz. Even if it is quartz, it is good because quartz has several applications in several industries,” he said. The DC also informed that the villagers are trying to find out more such stones.
He further said that it is highly unlikely to fin diamonds at the surface level. “But that is the only thing that correlates with it. That area is the belt in Mon district where coal is found. So, there is an assumption that some movements in the earth could have made it come near the earth,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Department of Geology and Mining has appointed four Geologists to investigate the matter. The team is likely to submit the status report by Monday or Tuesday.
As per geology.com, Quartz is a chemical compound consisting of one part silicon and two parts oxygen. It is silicon dioxide (SiO2). It is the most abundant mineral found at Earth’s surface, and its unique properties make it one of the most useful natural substances.