Saturday, March 26, 2005

Death and Bling Bling.


Diamonds are forever a point of controversy. What is it about diamonds? Why are we willing to pay exorbitant amounts of money for the distant cousin of graphite? They're a gemstone, sure. Are they worth it? What happens to the money pumped into this industry? Read this article from the Harvard International Review. You might think twice about buying a diamond the next time you're at the jewelers.

It has long been a goal of scientists to make synthetic diamonds. After a considerable struggle it looks like there's been a heap of progress. In fact, such advances may spell trouble for diamond cartels such as de Beers. A couple years ago Wired had a great article about synthetic diamonds and their impact on the diamond market.

You'll often see that synthetic diamonds are yellow in appearance. This is due to Nitrogen impurities which are trapped within a diamond's crytalline lattice during its synthesis. Such impurities absorb blue light, making the diamond appear yellow.


If you really want to go all out, how about making a synthetic diamond out of a dead friend or relative? Doesn't sound possible does it? Although bizarre and preposterous, it can be done.

8 Comments:

Blogger thc said...

V: I've purchased many diamonds in my lifetime, all of them gifts for the brilliant and beautiful Mrs. THC. Would some sort of synthetic substitute have had the same meaning for my lovely bride? I suggest you ask Mrs. Vavoom.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

I've checked with my wife. A synthetic diamond is no problem. She'll only have a problem if I make the diamond using her remains.

8:53 PM  
Blogger mel said...

thanks for visiting my site.

i really enjoyed yours also... and diamonds from a loved one's remains?

wow... simply wow.

i will never feel the same way while listening to jenkins'algretto on that diamond comercial again.

9:44 PM  
Blogger OrenZ said...

is the synthetic one sold cheaper? where can i find a store that sell them?

10:08 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

orenz: For a synthetic diamond made of human remains you'll pay 13,000 for a 1 carat rock. Check the companies in the Wired article. The prices are dropping -- act now!

2:21 AM  
Blogger mindful said...

Paul W: Don't forget, the only reason diamonds are so expensive is the deBeers corporation, which holds a monopoly and artificially restricts the supply to inflate their profits. If a synthetic diamond is cheaper and has fewer flaws, what's not to recommend it? Besides, all diamonds are synthetic in the end. It's just a question of where they were synthesized, in the earth, or in a laboratory...

9:58 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Well said mindful!

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the best thing you've published on this blog. Thanks for all the info. I will now switch groups so that I can learn how to perform CVD.

8:43 PM  

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