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By Niki Aron

Some refer to diamonds as “ice”, but no term could be truer for Snow Diamonds—gemstones so rare they are only found in the furthermost inhospitable regions of two nations, Brisland and Solstia. Both countries possess vast, desolate wastelands of snow, icy tundras, and frigid below-zero temperatures that can be deadly to the unprepared.

It’s here in these bleak frozen expanses where three companies are mining day in and out, seven days a week for the last nine months. Their only goal? Snow Diamonds.

What makes Snow Diamonds different from traditional ones and why are they so highly valued? Snow Diamonds get their name from the unique crystalline pattern, resembling a snowflake, that can be seen within each diamond’s transparent surface. Between their distinct appearance and extreme rarity, a single Snow Diamond can fetch between $250,000 to $2 million, depending on specific cut, clarity, and pattern.

However, their current worth may soon become a bargain. Prices are expected to skyrocket as their rarity increases. One of the three companies currently mining for the diamonds, Gaiarth Industries, has announced that they will be ceasing all mining operations within the next month, citing the treacherous terrain and dangerous working conditions as their primary reasons. A series of fatal accidents have already claimed the lives of thirty-three Gaiarth workers, along with millions of dollars in machinery and mining equipment.

The remaining two mining companies, Mazon Solutions and Liteworks Industries insist that they will remain in Brisland and Solstia, despite the hazards. Both companies are currently hiring for additional workers and promise that new advances in their mining equipment will provide safer working environments.

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