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These gems aren't man made. They were created when a meteorite slammed into what was later to become Bavaria. It made quite a mess, as you can imagine considering its diameter (4900 feet) plus the speed and the energy it impacted with: 45000 mph and 2.4x10^21 joules respectively, which equates 1.8 million Hiroshima devices. It made a crater, 72000 tons of tiny diamonds (because there was graphite present at the impact site ) and these wonderful beads of glass, which can be found up to 250 miles from ground zero. They're called Moldavite.
Cataclysms like that tend to make for good entertainment if they took place 15 million years ago.
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