Sitting in school and your science teacher starts the lecture on Diamonds. We are pretty sure your teacher said something like “Diamonds are pressurised coal”. The truth of the matter is that no one clearly knows how diamonds are formed. Diamonds are a carbon-based compound that is formed deep within the earth’s layer under extreme pressure. After formation, they reach the earth’s surface through pipes. Think of it as the most efficient factory that churns out diamonds on a regular basis. But when scientist try to manufacture synthetic diamonds; the biggest hurdle that they come across is that under high pressure, coal turns into a poor man’s diamond. So the claim that diamonds are pressurised coal is not valid. To be exact; researchers are still trying to unravel the mystery of diamond production. On that note; let’s look some more interesting facts about the diamond.
Diamonds are considered to be rare, but the argument holds no weight if you think about it. Almost every person you know has at least one diamond with them in some form or another. Naturally occurring gemstones are considered to be rare due to the time it takes for them to be formed. But under the category of naturally occurring gemstones; diamond is not one of the rarest and it is considered to be a common gemstone in comparison with the other gemstones.
2. The Difference
Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance in the world. If handled carefully, they can last for centuries. But as humans, we rarely handle anything carefully. And that throws the whole diamond is indestructible thing into the dustbin. People fail to understand the big difference between hardness and toughness. An extremely tough material can be considered indestructible, but diamonds are prone to breakage and can even result in chips and cracks. So if the diamond is taken care of properly, it can retain its beauty for decades or even centuries.
3. Big doesn’t mean better
What people fail to realise is that size doesn’t really matter. There is a misconception that bigger the diamond; higher the value. But a diamond’s value is not measured on the size, but on other important criteria such as cut, clarity and colour. A large diamond most likely wouldn’t satisfy these criteria thus leading to many experts suggesting that smaller diamonds are a lot more precious in terms of value.