Diamonds, like colored gemstones, contain a variety of interesting inclusions. Although some would call them flaws, I prefer to think of them as Mother Nature’s artwork or fingerprint. I have seen inclusions resembling angels and animals of all sorts, some requiring more imagination than others. It is fascinating to think of what might have been captured inside a diamond more than two billion years ago.
"Lily Pad" Inclusion. The most common inclusion to be found in peridot is the so-called "lily pad" inclusion. In reality, the lily pad is a cleavage separation that was produced by the expansion of either a small solid included crystal or, more commonly, a small fluid-filled negative crystal. The lily pad is an important identifying feature of peridot. Magnified 20x.
For all the infinite vastness of our universe, it's amazing how many space-like vistas exist at a tiny scale right here on Earth. Like the tiny cosmos contained in gemstones that photomicrographer Danny Sanchez captures in his images.