Gotta Have Diamonds!
Take a chunk of carbon, put it under a million tons of pressure for a few million years (and add some heat) and
you'll get a diamond. Since most of us don't have a few million years to wait we'll have to settle for the man made
variety or buying natural diamonds from ouir favorite jewelers.
Well, ok, calling a diamond a chunk of carbon is a little like calling the Ferrari Enzo a car. Technically accurate, but it kind of misses the point, dont you
Diamonds are a woman's best friend, the hardest substance known, superb for certain electronics applications,
and more transparent than glass. They come, naturally, in a variety of colors, yellow being the most common and
clear "white" the best known.
Other colors of diamond are very rare, unless treated in the lab. The Hope Diamond is a
blue violet color, flawless, and about the size of a small chicken egg. How'd you like to have that
as the centerpiece for your crown or scepter?
Facts about diamonds - a number of articles on diamonds, the 4 Cs, history,
and so on.
April Birthstone - It's the diamond.