A unusual "folded diamond" that came to Earth from space through an
The substance was discovered and is called as lonsdaleite; it is carbon-based,
just like a diamond. Lonsdaleite is commonly referred to as a hexagonal
diamond due to the fact that its crystal structure is organised in a hexagonal
pattern. Lonsdaleite is a substance of interest to scientists because it has the
potential to be much harder than conventional diamond, raising the
possibility that it could have a wide range of industrial uses. High-end saw
blades, for instance, already employ regular diamond.