The True Journey of a Diamond

Written by Channel 8 Cleveland on December 30, 2013. Posted in Jewelry warehouse virginia, Tacori northern virginia, Verragio wedding rings

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A diamond is the symbol of eternal love. Its superior density and fabulous luster represent the strength and light at the center of every loving relationship. But the journey of the diamond, from the interior of the Earth all the way to the diamond engagement ring on your finger, is perhaps the even more spectacular than its properties.

Most of us were taught in school that diamonds form when coal in the Earth’s crust is placed under enormous pressure. However, while this process will create a diamond, it’s actually not how the vast majority of the Earth’s diamonds were formed. Carbon-dating has revealed that the creation dates of nearly all commercial diamonds stretch back to well before the existence of the organic material necessary to make coal. The truth is, at the pressure and temperature levels necessary to make a diamond, even carbon dioxide gas can be compressed into stone. Coal very rarely plays a part.

Diamonds are formed by pressure and heat, both of which occur naturally as you go deeper into the Earth. The “sweet spot” for stable diamond production is about 90 miles down—or an average of 60-65 miles below the bottom of the Earth’s crust, where temperatures hover around a balmy 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. But the deepest man-made hole is only 7.6 miles (a Russian scientific project called the Kola Superdeep Borehole), and the deepest diamond mine goes down barely over a mile. So how is it that something so beautiful and exotic can ever be within our reach?

Scientists now know about events called deep-source volcanic eruptions, where large chunks of the Earth’s mantle are ripped upwards by volcanic forces. These events are the main source of the diamonds we see today. However, no deep-source volcanic eruption has been observed or recorded since the discovery of their existence. The diamonds on diamond engagement rings and on every piece of jewelry throughout the history of mankind were delivered long ago by these sub-crust eruptions, and the next delivery might not occur for hundreds of thousands—maybe even millions—of years

The theory of “coal-into-diamonds” was a plausible one for centuries, but the true journey of a diamond is actually more spectacular. The next time you look at your diamond engagement ring, take a moment to think about that journey through time, from the very heart of the planet itself, and the depth of the love it symbolizes. See this link for more:

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