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Diamond

The slightly misshapen octahedral shape of this rough diamond crystal in matrix is typical of the mineral. Its lustrous faces also indicate that this crystal is from a primary deposit.

General Category repeating unit Dia 1. Less often blue, green, black, translucent white, pink, violet, orange, purple, and red. Atanother solid form of carbon known as is the form of carbon, but diamond converts to it extremely slowly. Diamond has the highest and of any natural material, properties that are used in major industrial applications such as cutting and polishing tools.

They are also the reason that can subject materials to pressures found deep in the Earth. Because the arrangement of atoms in diamond is extremely rigid, few types of impurity can contaminate it two exceptions are and. Small numbers of or impurities about one per million of lattice atoms color diamond blue boronyellow nitrogenbrown defectsgreen radiation exposurepurple, pink, orange, or red. Diamond also has a very high and a relatively high. Most natural diamonds have ages between 1 carbon dating scientist and 3.

Most were formed at depths between 150 and 250 kilometres 93 and 155 mi carbon dating scientist the Earth'salthough a few have come from as deep as 800 kilometres 500 mi. Under high pressure and temperature, carbon-containing fluids dissolved various minerals and replaced them with diamonds.

Much more recently hundreds to carbon dating scientist of million years agothey carbon dating scientist carried to the surface in and deposited in known as and. Natural, synthetic and imitation diamonds are most commonly distinguished using optical techniques or thermal carbon dating scientist measurements.

Main article: Diamond is a solid form of pure carbon with its atoms arranged in a crystal. Solid carbon comes in different forms known as depending on the type of chemical bond. The two most common are diamond and. In graphite the bonds are sp 2 and the atoms form in planes, carbon dating scientist each bound to three nearest neighbors 120 degrees apart. In diamond they are sp 3 and the atoms form tetrahedra with each bound to four nearest neighbors. Tetrahedra are rigid, the bonds are strong, and of all known substances diamond has the greatest number of atoms per unit volume, which is why it is both the hardest and the least.

In graphite, the bonds between nearest neighbors are even stronger, but the bonds between parallel adjacent planes are weak, so the planes easily slip carbon dating scientist each other. Thus, carbon dating scientist is much softer than diamond. However, the stronger bonds make graphite less flammable.

Diamonds have been adopted for many uses because of the material's exceptional physical characteristics. It has the highest and the highest sound velocity. It has low adhesion and friction, and its coefficient of is extremely low. Its optical transparency extends carbon dating scientist the to the deep and it has high. It also has high electrical resistance. It is chemically inert, not reacting with most corrosive substances, and has excellent biological compatibility.

Thermodynamics Theoretically predicted of carbon. The equilibrium pressure and temperature conditions for a transition between graphite and diamond are well established theoretically and experimentally.

The equilibrium pressure varies linearly with pressure, between 1. However, carbon dating scientist phases have a wide region about this line where they can coexist. At20 °C 293 K and 1 standard atmosphere 0. However, at temperatures above about 4500 K, diamond rapidly converts to graphite. Rapid conversion of graphite to diamond requires pressures well above the equilibrium line: at 2000 K, a pressure of 35 GPa is needed.

Above the graphite-diamond-liquid carbon triple point, the melting point of diamond increases slowly with increasing pressure; but at pressures of hundreds of GPa, it decreases. At high pressures, and have a BC8 crystal structure, and a similar structure is carbon dating scientist for carbon at high pressures.

At 0 K, the transition is predicted to occur at 1100 GPa. Research results published in an article in the scientific journal in 2010 suggest that at ultrahigh pressures and temperatures about 10 million atmospheres or 1 TPa and 50,000 °C diamond melts into a metallic carbon dating scientist. The extreme conditions required for this to occur are present in the and. Both planets are made up of approximately 10 percent carbon and could hypothetically contain oceans of liquid carbon.

Since large quantities of metallic fluid can affect the magnetic field, this could serve as an explanation as to why the geographic and magnetic poles of the two planets are unaligned. Crystal structure Diamond unit cell, showing the tetrahedral structure The most common crystal structure of diamond is called. It is formed of see the figure stacked together. Although there are 18 atoms in the figure, each corner atom carbon dating scientist shared by eight unit cells and each atom in the center of a face is shared by two, so there are a total of eight atoms per unit carbon dating scientist.

The length of each side of the unit cell is denoted by a and is 3. The nearest neighbour distance in the diamond lattice is 1. Viewed from ait is formed of layers stacked in a repeating ABCABC. Diamonds can also form an ABAB. Crystal habit One face of an uncut octahedral diamond, showing trigons of positive and negative relief formed by natural chemical etching Diamonds occur most often as carbon dating scientist rounded and octahedra known as.

As diamond's crystal structure has a cubic arrangement of the atoms, they have many that belong to aoctahedron, or. The crystals can have rounded-off and unexpressive edges and can be elongated. Diamonds especially those with rounded crystal faces are commonly found coated in nyf, an opaque gum-like carbon dating scientist. Some diamonds contain opaque fibers. They are referred to as opaque if the fibers grow from a clear substrate or fibrous if they occupy the entire crystal.

Their colors range from yellow to green or gray, sometimes with cloud-like white to gray impurities. Their most common shape is cuboidal, but they can also form octahedra, dodecahedra, macles, or combined shapes. The structure is the result of numerous carbon dating scientist with sizes between 1 and 5 microns. These diamonds probably formed in kimberlite magma and sampled the volatiles. Diamonds can also form polycrystalline aggregates.

There have been attempts to classify them into groups with names such as, stewartite, and framesite, but there is no widely accepted set of criteria. Carbonado, a type in which the diamond grains were fused without melting by the application of heat and pressureis black in color and tougher than single crystal diamond.

It has never been observed in a volcanic rock. There are many theories for its origin, including formation in a star, but no consensus. Mechanical Hardness The extreme hardness of diamond in certain orientations makes it useful in materials science, as in this pyramidal diamond embedded in the working surface of a. Diamond is the hardest known natural material on both the and the.

Diamond's great hardness relative to other materials has been known since antiquity, and is the source of its name. This does not mean that it is infinitely hard, indestructible, or unscratchable. Indeed, diamonds can be scratched by other diamonds and worn down over time even by softer materials, such as vinyl. Diamond hardness depends on its purity, crystalline perfection, and orientation: hardness is higher for flawless, carbon dating scientist crystals oriented to the direction along the longest diagonal of carbon dating scientist cubic diamond lattice.

Therefore, whereas it might be possible to scratch some diamonds with other materials, such asthe hardest diamonds can only be scratched by other diamonds and.

The hardness of diamond contributes to its suitability as a gemstone. Because it can only be scratched by other diamonds, it carbon dating scientist its polish extremely well. Carbon dating scientist many other gems, it is well-suited to daily wear because of its resistance to scratching—perhaps contributing to its popularity as the preferred gem in orwhich are often worn every day.

The hardest natural diamonds mostly originate from the and fields located in the area inAustralia. These diamonds are generally small, perfect to semiperfect octahedra, and are used to polish other diamonds. Their hardness is associated with the form, which is single-stage crystal growth. Most other diamonds show more evidence of multiple growth stages, which produce inclusions, flaws, and defect planes in the crystal lattice, all of which affect their hardness.

It is possible to carbon dating scientist regular carbon dating scientist under a combination of high pressure and high temperature to produce diamonds that are harder than the diamonds used in hardness gauges. Toughness Somewhat related to hardness is another mechanical property toughness, which is a material's ability to resist breakage from forceful impact. The of natural diamond has been measured as 7.

As with any material, the macroscopic carbon dating scientist of a diamond contributes to its resistance to breakage. Diamond has a and is therefore more fragile in some orientations than others. Yield strength Diamond has compressive yield strength of 130—140 GPa. This exceptionally high value, along with the hardness and transparency of diamond, are the reasons that cells are the main tool for high pressure experiments. These anvils have reached pressures of 600 GPa.

Much higher pressures may be possible with diamonds. Elasticity and tensile strength Usually, attempting to deform bulk diamond crystal by tension or bending results in brittle fracture. Electrical conductivity Other specialized applications also exist or are being developed, including use as : some are natural semiconductors, in contrast to most diamonds, which are excellent.

The conductivity and blue color originate from boron impurity. Boron substitutes for carbon atoms in the diamond lattice, donating a hole into the. Substantial conductivity is commonly observed in nominally diamond grown by. This conductivity is associated with -related species adsorbed at the surface, and it can be carbon dating scientist by or other surface treatments. Thin needles of diamond can be made to vary their electronic from the normal 5.

High purity diamond wafers 5 cm in diameter exhibit perfect resistance in one direction and perfect conductance in the other, creating the possibility of using them for quantum data storage. The material contains only 3 parts per million of nitrogen. The diamond was grown on a stepped substrate, which eliminated cracking. Surface property Diamonds are naturally andwhich means the diamonds' surface cannot be wet by water, but can be easily wet and stuck by oil.

This property carbon dating scientist be utilized to extract diamonds using oil when making synthetic diamonds. However, when diamond surfaces are chemically modified with certain ions, they are expected to become so that they can stabilize multiple layers of at.

The surface of diamonds is partially oxidized. The oxidized surface can be reduced by heat treatment under hydrogen flow. That is to say, this heat treatment partially removes oxygen-containing functional groups. But diamonds sp 3C are unstable against high temperature above about 400 °C 752 °F under atmospheric pressure. The structure gradually changes into sp 2C above this temperature. Thus, diamonds should be reduced under this temperature.

Chemical stability At room temperature, diamonds do not react with any chemical reagents including strong acids and bases. In an atmosphere of pure oxygen, diamond has an that ranges from 690 °C 1,274 °F to 840 °C 1,540 °F ; smaller crystals tend to burn more easily.

It increases in temperature from red to white heat and burns with a pale blue flame, and continues to burn after the source of heat is removed.

By contrast, in air the combustion will cease as soon as the heat is removed because the oxygen is diluted with nitrogen. A clear, flawless, carbon dating scientist diamond is completely converted to carbon dioxide; any impurities will be left as ash.

Heat generated from cutting a carbon dating scientist will not ignite the diamond, and neither will a cigarette lighter, but house fires and blow torches are hot enough. Jewelers must be careful when molding the metal in a diamond ring. Diamond powder of an appropriate grain size around 50 microns burns with a shower of sparks after ignition from a flame.

Consequently, based on powder can be prepared. The resulting sparks are of the usual red-orange color, comparable to charcoal, but show a very linear trajectory which is explained by their high density. Diamond also reacts with fluorine gas above about 700 °C 1,292 °F. Color The most famous colored diamond, the Diamond has a wide of 5.

This means that carbon dating scientist diamond should transmit visible light and appear as a clear colorless carbon dating scientist. Colors in diamond originate from lattice defects and impurities.

The diamond crystal lattice is exceptionally strong, and only atoms of, and can be introduced into diamond during the growth at significant concentrations up to atomic percents.

Transition metals andwhich are commonly used for growth of synthetic diamond carbon dating scientist high-pressure high-temperature techniques, have been detected in diamond as individual atoms; the maximum concentration is 0. Virtually any element can be introduced to diamond by ion implantation. Nitrogen is by far the most common impurity found in gem diamonds and is responsible for the yellow and brown color in diamonds.

Boron is responsible for the blue color. Color in diamond has two additional sources: irradiation usually by alpha particlesthat causes the color in green diamonds, and carbon dating scientist the diamond crystal lattice. Plastic deformation is the cause of color in some brown and perhaps pink and red diamonds. In order of increasing rarity, yellow diamond is followed by brown, colorless, then by blue, green, black, pink, orange, purple, and red.

Colored diamonds contain impurities or structural defects that cause the coloration, while carbon dating scientist or nearly pure diamonds are transparent and colorless. Most diamond impurities replace a carbon atom in theknown as a. The most common impurity, nitrogen, causes a slight to intense yellow coloration depending upon the type and concentration of nitrogen present.

The GIA classifies low saturation yellow and brown diamonds as diamonds in the normal color range, and applies a grading scale from "D" colorless to "Z" light yellow. Yellow diamonds of high color saturation or a different color, such as pink or blue, are called fancy colored diamonds and fall under a different grading scale.

In 2008, thea 35. In May 2009, a 7. That record was, however, beaten the same year: a 5-carat 1. Clarity Clarity is one of the of 4C's Color, clarity, cut and carat weight that helps in identifying the quality of diamonds. The GIA developed 11 clarity scales to decide the quality of a diamond for its sale value. The GIA clarity scale spans from Flawless FL to included I having internally flawless IFvery, very slightly included VVSvery slightly included VS and slightly included SI in between.

Impurities in natural diamonds are due to the presence of natural minerals and oxides. The clarity scale grades the diamond based on the color, size, location of impurity and quantity of clarity visible carbon dating scientist 10x magnification.

Inclusions in diamond can be extracted by optical methods. The process is to take pre-enhancement images, identifying the inclusion removal part and finally removing the diamond facets and noises. Fluorescence Extremely rare purple fluorescent diamonds from carbon dating scientist Ellendale L-Channel deposit in Australia Between 25% to 35% of natural diamonds exhibit some degree of fluorescence when examined under invisible long-wave Ultraviolet light or higher energy carbon dating scientist sources such as X-rays and lasers.

Incandescent lighting will not cause a diamond to fluoresce. Diamonds can fluoresce in a variety of colours including blue most commonorange, yellow, white, green and very rarely red and purple. Although the causes are not well understood, variations in the atomic structure, such as the number of nitrogen atoms present are thought to contribute to the phenomenon.

Their high is also indicative, but other materials have similar refractivity. Diamonds cut glass, but this does not positively identify a diamond because other materials, such as quartz, also lie above glass on the and can also cut it. Diamonds can scratch other diamonds, but this can result in damage to one or both stones. Hardness tests are infrequently used in practical gemology because of their potentially destructive nature.

The extreme hardness carbon dating scientist high value of diamond means that gems are typically polished slowly, using painstaking traditional techniques and greater attention to detail than is the case with most other gemstones; these tend to result in extremely flat, highly polished facets with exceptionally sharp facet edges.

Diamonds also possess an extremely high refractive index and fairly high dispersion. Taken together, these factors affect the overall appearance of a polished diamond and most still rely upon skilled use of a magnifying glass to identify diamonds "by eye". Geology Diamonds are extremely rare, with concentrations of at most parts per billion in source rock.

Before the 20th century, most diamonds were found in. Loose diamonds are also found along existing and ancientwhere they tend to accumulate because of their size and density. Most diamonds come from theand most of this section discusses those diamonds. However, carbon dating scientist are other sources. Some blocks of the crust, orhave been buried deep enough as the crust thickened so they experienced. These have evenly distributed microdiamonds that show no sign of transport by magma.

In addition, when meteorites strike the ground, the shock wave can produce high enough temperatures and pressures for microdiamonds and to form.

Impact-type microdiamonds can be used as an indicator of ancient impact craters. A common misconception is that diamonds form from highly compressed.

Coal is formed from buried prehistoric plants, and most diamonds that have been dated are far older than the first. It is possible that diamonds can form from coal inbut diamonds formed in this way are rare, and the carbon source is more likely rocks carbon dating scientist organic carbon in sediments, rather than coal.

Surface distribution of the world. The pink and orange areas are andwhich together constitute cratons. Diamonds are far from evenly distributed over the Earth. A rule of thumb known as Clifford's rule states that they are almost always found in kimberlites on the oldest part ofthe stable cores of continents with typical ages of 2. The inthe largest producer of diamonds by weight in the world, is located in a mobile belt, also known as ana weaker zone surrounding the central craton that has undergone compressional tectonics.

Instead ofthe host rock is. Lamproites with diamonds that are not economically viable are also found in the United States, India, and Australia. In addition, diamonds in the of the Superior province in and microdiamonds in the are found in a type carbon dating scientist rock called. Fresh rock is dark bluish green to greenish gray, but after exposure rapidly turns brown and crumbles. It is hybrid rock with a chaotic mixture of small minerals and rock fragments up to the size of watermelons.

They are carbon dating scientist mixture of and minerals and rocks carried up from the lower crust and mantlepieces of surface rock, altered minerals such asand new minerals that crystallized during the eruption.

The texture varies with depth. The composition forms a continuum withbut the latter have too much oxygen for carbon to carbon dating scientist in a pure form. Instead, it is locked up in the mineral 3. All three of the diamond-bearing rocks kimberlite, lamproite and lamprophyre lack certain minerals and that are incompatible with diamond formation.

In kimberlite, is large and conspicuous, while lamproite has Ti- and lamprophyre has and. They are all derived from magma types that erupt rapidly carbon dating scientist small amounts of melt, are rich in andand are less than more common mantle melts such as. These characteristics allow the melts to carry diamonds to the surface before they dissolve.

Exploration Diavik Mine, on an island in Lac de Gras in northern Canada pipes carbon dating scientist be difficult to find. They weather quickly within a few years after exposure and tend to have lower topographic relief than surrounding rock. If they are visible in outcrops, the diamonds are never visible because they are so rare. In any case, kimberlites are often covered with vegetation, sediments, soils, or lakes. In modern searches, such as, andhelp identify promising regions to explore.

This is aided by isotopic dating and modeling of the geological history. Then surveyors must go to the area and collect samples, carbon dating scientist for kimberlite fragments or indicator minerals.

The latter have compositions that carbon dating scientist the conditions where diamonds form, such as extreme melt depletion or high pressures in. However, indicator minerals can be misleading; a better approach iswhere the compositions of minerals are analyzed as if they were in equilibrium with mantle minerals. Finding kimberlites requires carbon dating scientist, and only a small fraction contain diamonds that are commercially viable.

The only major discoveries since about 1980 have been in Canada. Since existing mines have lifetimes of as little as 25 years, there could be a shortage of new diamonds in the future. Ages Diamonds are dated by analyzing inclusions using the decay of radioactive isotopes. Depending on the elemental abundances, one can look at the decay of, or.

Those found in kimberlites have ages ranging carbon dating scientist 1 to 3. The kimberlites themselves are much younger. Most of them have ages between tens of millions and 300 million years old, although there are some older exceptions Argyle, and Wawa.

Thus, the kimberlites formed independently of the diamonds and served only to transport them to the surface. Kimberlites are also much younger than the cratons they have erupted through. The reason for the lack of older kimberlites is unknown, but it suggests there was some change in mantle chemistry or tectonics. No kimberlite has erupted in human history. Origin in mantle Red garnet carbon dating scientist in a diamond. Most gem-quality diamonds come from depths of 150—250 km in the lithosphere.

Such depths occur below cratons in mantle keels, the thickest part of the lithosphere. These regions have high enough pressure and temperature to allow diamonds to form and they are not convecting, so diamonds can be stored for billions of years until a kimberlite eruption samples them.

Host rocks in a mantle keel include andtwo type of. The most dominant rock type in theperidotite is an consisting mostly of the minerals and ; it is low in and high in. However, diamonds in peridotite rarely survive the trip to the surface. Another common source that does keep diamonds intact isa rock that typically forms from as an oceanic plate plunges into the mantle at a. A smaller fraction of diamonds about 150 have been studied come from depths of 330—660 km, a region that includes the.

They formed in eclogite but are distinguished from diamonds of shallower origin by inclusions of a form of with excess silicon. A similar proportion of diamonds comes from the lower mantle at depths between 660 and 800 km. Diamond is thermodynamically stable at high pressures and temperatures, with the phase transition from occurring at greater temperatures as the pressure increases.

Thus, underneath continents it becomes stable at temperatures of 950 degrees Celsius and pressures of 4. In subduction zones, which are colder, it becomes stable at temperatures of 800 °C and pressures of 3. At depths greater than 240 km, iron-nickel metal phases are present and carbon is likely to be either dissolved in them or in the form of.

Thus, the carbon dating scientist origin of some diamonds may reflect unusual growth environments. In 2018 the first known natural samples of a phase of ice called were found as inclusions in diamond samples. The inclusions formed at depths between 400 and 800 km, straddling the upper and lower mantle, and provide evidence for water-rich fluid at these depths.

Carbon sources The mantle has roughly one billion of carbon for comparison, the atmosphere-ocean system has about 44,000 gigatonnes. Carbon has twoandin a ratio of approximately 99:1 by mass. This ratio has a wide range in meteorites, which implies that it also varied a lot in the early Earth.

It can also be altered by surface processes like. The fraction is generally compared to a standard sample using a ratio expressed in parts per thousand. Populations of diamonds from different sources have distributions of δ 13C that vary markedly.

This variability implies that they are not formed from carbon that is primordial having resided in the mantle since the Earth formed. Instead, they are the result of tectonic processes, although given the ages of diamonds not necessarily the same tectonic processes that act in the present. Formation and growth Age zones in a diamond. Diamonds in the mantle form through a process where a C-O-H-N-S fluid or melt dissolves minerals in a rock and replaces them with new minerals.

The vague term C-O-H-N-S is commonly used because the exact composition is not known. Diamonds form from this fluid either by reduction of oxidized carbon e.

Using probes such as polarized light,anda series of growth zones can be identified in diamonds. The characteristic pattern in diamonds from the lithosphere involves a nearly concentric series of zones with very thin oscillations in luminescence and alternating episodes where the carbon is resorbed by the fluid and then grown again.

Diamonds from below the lithosphere have a more irregular, almost polycrystalline texture, reflecting the higher temperatures carbon dating scientist pressures as well as the transport of the diamonds by convection.

Transport to the surface Diagram of a volcanic pipe Geological evidence supports a model in which kimberlite magma rises at 4—20 meters per second, creating an upward path by of the rock. As the pressure decreases, a vapor phase from carbon dating scientist magma, and this helps to keep the magma fluid.

Then, at lower pressures, the rock is eroded, forming a pipe and producing fragmented carbon dating scientist. As the eruption wanes, there is phase and then metamorphism and hydration produces. Double diamonds Main article: Although diamonds on are carbon dating scientist, they are very common in space.

Inabout three percent of the carbon is in the form ofhaving diameters of a few nanometers. Sufficiently small diamonds can form in the cold of space because their lower makes them more stable than graphite. The isotopic signatures of some nanodiamonds indicate they were formed outside the Solar System in stars.

High pressure experiments predict that large quantities of diamonds condense from into a "diamond rain" on the ice giant planets and. Some extrasolar planets may be almost entirely composed of diamond.

Diamonds may exist in carbon-rich stars, particularly. One theory for the origin ofthe toughest form of diamond, is that it originated in a white dwarf or.

Diamonds formed in stars may have been the first minerals. Industry Main article: The of white light into is the primary gemological characteristic of gem diamonds. In the 20th century, experts in gemology developed methods of grading diamonds and other gemstones based on the characteristics most important to their value as a gem.

Four characteristics, known informally as the four Cs, are now commonly used as the basic descriptors of carbon dating scientist these are its mass in a carat being equal to 0. A large, flawless diamond is known as a.

A large trade in gem-grade diamonds exists. Although most gem-grade diamonds are sold newly polished, there is a well-established carbon dating scientist for resale of polished diamonds e. One hallmark of the trade in gem-quality diamonds is its remarkable concentration: wholesale trade carbon dating scientist diamond cutting is limited to just a few locations; in 2003, 92% of the world's diamonds were cut and polished in.

Other important centers of diamond cutting and trading are the inwhere the is based,the inthe in and. One contributory factor is the geological nature of diamond deposits: several large primary kimberlite-pipe mines each account for significant portions of market share such as the in Botswana, which is a single large-pit mine that can produce between 12,500,000 and 15,000,000 carats 2,500 and 3,000 kg of diamonds per year.

Secondary alluvial diamond deposits, on the other hand, tend to be fragmented amongst many different operators because they can be dispersed over many hundreds of square kilometers e. This makes Antwerp a de facto "world diamond capital".

The city of Antwerp also hosts thecreated in 1929 to become the first and biggest diamond bourse dedicated to rough diamonds. Another important diamond center is New York City, where almost 80% of the world's diamonds are sold, including auction sales. The company, as the world's largest diamond mining company, holds a dominant position in the industry, and has done so since soon after its founding in 1888 by the British businessman.

De Beers is currently the world's largest operator of diamond production facilities mines and for gem-quality diamonds. The Diamond Trading Company DTC is a subsidiary of De Beers and markets rough diamonds from De Beers-operated mines. De Beers and its subsidiaries own mines that produce some 40% of annual world diamond production. For most of the 20th century over 80% of the world's rough diamonds passed through De Beers, but by 2001—2009 the figure had decreased to around 45%, and by 2013 the company's market share had further decreased to around 38% in value terms and even less by carbon dating scientist.

De Beers sold off the vast majority of its diamond stockpile in the late 1990s — early 2000s and the remainder largely represents working stock diamonds that are being sorted before sale. This was carbon dating scientist documented in the press but remains little known to the general public.

As a part of reducing its influence, De Beers withdrew from purchasing diamonds on the open market in 1999 and ceased, at the end of 2008, purchasing Russian diamonds mined by the largest Russian diamond company.

As of January 2011, De Beers states that it only sells diamonds from the following four countries: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Canada. Alrosa had to suspend their sales in October 2008 due to thebut the company reported that it had resumed selling rough diamonds on the open market by October 2009.

Apart from Alrosa, other important diamond mining companies includewhich is the world's largest mining company;the owner of the 100%60%and 78% diamond mines; andthe owner of several major diamond mines in Africa.

Diamond polisher in Amsterdam Further down the supply chain, members of The WFDB act as a medium for wholesale diamond exchange, trading both polished and rough diamonds. The WFDB consists of independent carbon dating scientist bourses in major cutting centers such as Tel Aviv, Antwerp, Johannesburg and other cities across the US, Europe and Asia.

In 2000, the WFDB and The International Diamond Manufacturers Association established the to prevent the trading of diamonds used to fund war and inhumane acts.

WFDB's additional activities include sponsoring the every two years, as well as the establishment of the IDC to oversee diamond grading. The cutting and polishing of rough diamonds is a specialized skill that is concentrated in a limited number of locations worldwide. Traditional diamond cutting centers are Antwerp,Johannesburg, New York City, and Tel Aviv. Recently, diamond cutting centers have been established in China, India,Namibia and Botswana.

Cutting centers with lower cost of labor, notably Surat inhandle a larger number of smaller carat diamonds, while smaller quantities of larger or more valuable diamonds are more likely to be handled in Europe or North America. The recent expansion of this industry in India, employing low cost labor, has allowed smaller diamonds to be prepared as gems carbon dating scientist greater quantities than was previously economically feasible.

Diamonds prepared as gemstones are sold on diamond exchanges called. Bourses are the final tightly carbon dating scientist step in the diamond supply chain; wholesalers and even retailers are able to buy relatively small lots of diamonds at the bourses, after which they are prepared for final sale to the consumer.

Diamonds can be sold already set in jewelry, or sold unset "loose". Cutting The Diamond—an example of unusual diamond cut and jewelry arrangement. Mined rough diamonds are converted into gems through a multi-step process called "cutting".

Diamonds are extremely hard, but also brittle and can be split up by a carbon dating scientist blow. Therefore, diamond cutting is traditionally considered as a delicate procedure requiring skills, scientific knowledge, tools and experience. Its final goal is to produce a faceted jewel where the specific angles between the facets would optimize the diamond luster, that is dispersion of white light, whereas the number and area of facets would determine the weight of the final product.

The weight reduction upon cutting is significant and can be of the order of 50%. Several possible shapes are considered, but the final decision is often determined not only by scientific, but also practical considerations.

For example, the diamond might be intended for display or for wear, in a ring or a necklace, singled or carbon dating scientist by other gems of certain color and shape. Some of them may be considered as classical, such as, diamonds, etc. Some of them are special, produced by certain companies, for example, diamonds, etc.

The most time-consuming part of the cutting is the preliminary analysis of the rough stone. It needs to address a large number of issues, bears much responsibility, and therefore can last years in case of unique diamonds.

Therefore, the crystallographic structure of the diamond to be cut is analyzed using to choose the optimal cutting directions. The cutter has to decide which flaws are to be removed by the cutting and which could be kept. Alternatively, it can be cut with awhich is a more reliable but tedious procedure.

After initial cutting, the diamond is shaped in numerous stages of polishing. Unlike cutting, which is a responsible but quick operation, polishing removes material by gradual erosion and is extremely time-consuming. The associated technique is well developed; it is considered as a routine and can be performed by technicians. After polishing, the diamond is reexamined for possible flaws, either remaining or induced by the process. Those flaws are concealed through various techniques, such as repolishing, crack filling, or clever arrangement of the stone in the jewelry.

Remaining non-diamond inclusions are removed through laser drilling and filling of the voids produced. Marketing Diamond Balance Scale 0. Ayer's marketing includedadvertising focused on the diamond product itself rather carbon dating scientist the De Beers brand, and associations with celebrities and royalty.

Without advertising the De Beers brand, De Beers was advertising its competitors' diamond products as well, but this was not a concern as De Beers dominated the diamond market throughout the 20th century. De Beers' market share dipped temporarily to second place in the global market below Alrosa in the aftermath of the global economic crisis of 2008, down to less than 29% in terms of carats mined, rather than sold.

The campaign lasted for decades but was effectively discontinued by early 2011. De Beers still advertises diamonds, but the advertising now mostly promotes its own brands, or licensed product lines, rather than completely "generic" diamond products.

The campaign was perhaps best captured by the slogan carbon dating scientist. Brown-colored diamonds constituted a significant part of the diamond production, carbon dating scientist were predominantly used for industrial purposes.

They were seen as worthless for jewelry not even being assessed on the scale. After the development of Argyle diamond mine in Australia in 1986, and marketing, brown carbon dating scientist have become acceptable gems. The change was mostly due to the numbers: carbon dating scientist Argyle mine, with its 35,000,000 carats 7,000 kg of diamonds per year, makes about one-third of carbon dating scientist production of natural diamonds; 80% of Argyle diamonds are brown.

Industrial-grade diamonds A diamond knife blade used for cutting ultrathin sections typically 70 to 350 nm for transmission Industrial diamonds are valued mostly for their hardness and carbon dating scientist conductivity, making many of the gemological characteristics of diamonds, such as theirrelevant for most applications. Eighty percent of mined diamonds equal to about 135,000,000 carats 27,000 kg annually are unsuitable for use as gemstones and are used industrially.

In addition to mined diamonds, synthetic diamonds found industrial applications almost immediately after their invention in the 1950s; another 570,000,000 carats 114,000 kg of synthetic diamond is produced annually for industrial use in 2004; in 2014 it is 4,500,000,000 carats 900,000 kg90% of which is produced in China. Approximately 90% of diamond is currently of synthetic origin.

The boundary between gem-quality diamonds and industrial diamonds is poorly defined and partly depends on market conditions for example, if demand for polished diamonds is high, some lower-grade stones will be polished into low-quality carbon dating scientist small gemstones rather than being sold for industrial use. Within the category of industrial diamonds, there is a sub-category comprising the lowest-quality, mostly opaque stones, which are known as.

Industrial use of diamonds has historically been associated with their hardness, which makes diamond the ideal material for cutting and grinding tools.

As the hardest known naturally occurring material, diamond can be used to polish, cut, or wear away any material, including other diamonds. Common industrial applications of this property include diamond-tipped and saws, and the use of diamond powder as an. Less expensive industrial-grade diamonds bort with more flaws and poorer color than gems, are used for such purposes.

Diamond is not suitable for machining at high speeds, as carbon is soluble in iron at the high temperatures created by high-speed machining, leading to greatly increased wear on diamond tools compared to alternatives. Specialized applications include use in laboratories as containment for seehigh-performanceand limited use in specialized. With the continuing advances being made in the production of synthetic diamonds, future applications are becoming feasible.

The high of diamond carbon dating scientist it suitable as a for integrated circuits in. Roughly 49% of diamonds originate from andalthough significant sources of the mineral have been discovered carbon dating scientist, and. They are mined from kimberlite and lamproite volcanic pipes, which can bring diamond crystals, originating from deep within the Earth where high pressures and temperatures enable them to form, to the surface.

The mining and distribution of natural diamonds are subjects of frequent controversy such as concerns over the sale of or conflict diamonds by African groups. The diamond supply chain is controlled by a limited number of powerful businesses, and is also highly concentrated in a small number of locations around the world.

Only a very small fraction of the diamond ore consists of actual diamonds. The ore is crushed, during which care is required not to destroy larger diamonds, and then sorted by density.

Today, diamonds are located in the diamond-rich density fraction with the help ofafter which the final sorting steps are done by hand. Before the use of became commonplace, the separation was done with grease belts; diamonds have a stronger tendency to stick to grease than the other minerals in the ore. India led the world in diamond production from the time of their discovery in approximately the 9th century BC to the mid-18th century AD, but the commercial potential of these sources had been exhausted by the late 18th century and at that time India was eclipsed by Brazil where the first non-Indian diamonds were found in 1725.

Currently, one of the most prominent Indian mines is located at. Diamond extraction from primary deposits kimberlites and lamproites started in the 1870s after the discovery of the in South Africa. Production has increased over time and now an accumulated total of 4,500,000,000 carats 900,000 kg have been mined since that date. Twenty percent of that carbon dating scientist has been mined in the last five years, and during the last 10 years, nine new mines have started production; four more are waiting to be opened soon.

Most of these mines are located in Canada, Zimbabwe, Angola, and one in Russia. In 2004, the discovery of a microscopic diamond in the U. The in is open to the public, and is the only mine in the world where members of the public can dig for diamonds.

Today, most commercially viable diamond deposits are in Russia mostly infor example and, Australia and and the. In 2005, Russia produced almost one-fifth of the global diamond output, according to the. Australia boasts the richest diamantiferous pipe, with production from the Argyle diamond mine reaching peak levels of 42 metric tons per year carbon dating scientist the 1990s. There are also commercial deposits being actively mined in the of Canada and Brazil.

Diamond prospectors continue to search the globe for diamond-bearing kimberlite and lamproite pipes. Political issues Main articles:, and In some of the more politically unstable central African and west African countries, revolutionary groups have taken control ofusing proceeds from diamond sales to finance their operations.

Diamonds sold through this process are known as conflict diamonds or blood diamonds. In response to public concerns that their diamond purchases were contributing to war and in and Africa, thethe diamond carbon dating scientist and diamond-trading nations introduced the in 2002.

The Kimberley Process aims to ensure that conflict diamonds do not become intermixed with the diamonds not controlled by such rebel groups.

This is done by requiring diamond-producing countries to provide proof that the money they make from selling the diamonds is not used to fund criminal or revolutionary activities.

Although the Kimberley Process has been moderately successful in limiting the number of conflict diamonds entering the market, some still find their way in. According to the International Diamond Manufacturers Association, conflict diamonds constitute 2—3% of carbon dating scientist diamonds traded. Two major flaws still hinder the effectiveness of the Kimberley Process: 1 the relative ease of smuggling diamonds across African borders, and 2 the violent nature of diamond mining in nations that are not in a technical state of war and whose diamonds are therefore considered "clean".

The Canadian Government has carbon dating scientist up a body known as the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct to help authenticate Canadian diamonds. This is a stringent tracking system of diamonds and helps protect the "conflict free" label of Canadian diamonds. Synthetics, simulants, and enhancements Synthetics Synthetic diamonds of various colors grown by the high-pressure high-temperature technique Synthetic diamonds are diamonds manufactured in a laboratory, as opposed to diamonds mined from the Earth.

The gemological and industrial uses of diamond have created a large demand for rough stones. This demand has been satisfied in large part by synthetic diamonds, which have been manufactured by various processes for more than half a century.

However, in recent years it has become possible to produce gem-quality synthetic diamonds of significant size. It is possible to make colorless synthetic gemstones that, on a molecular level, are identical to natural stones and so visually similar that only a gemologist with special equipment can tell the carbon dating scientist. The majority of commercially available synthetic diamonds are yellow and carbon dating scientist produced by so-called high-pressure high-temperature processes.

The yellow color is caused by impurities. Other colors may also be reproduced such as blue, green or pink, which are a result of the addition of or from after synthesis.

Colorless gem cut from diamond grown by chemical vapor deposition Another popular method of growing synthetic diamond is CVD.

The growth occurs under low pressure below atmospheric pressure. It involves feeding a mixture of gases typically 1 to 99 to into a chamber and splitting them into chemically active in a ignited by, or. This method is mostly used for coatings, but can also produce single crystals several millimeters in size see picture. As of 2010, nearly all 5,000 million carats 1,000 tonnes of synthetic diamonds produced per year are for industrial use.

Around 50% of the carbon dating scientist million carats of natural diamonds mined per year end up in industrial use. Simulants Gem-cut synthetic silicon carbide set in a ring A diamond simulant is a non-diamond material that is used to simulate the appearance of a diamond, and may be referred to carbon dating scientist diamante.

The gemstone silicon carbide can be treated as a diamond simulant, though more costly carbon dating scientist produce than cubic zirconia. Both are produced synthetically. Enhancements Main article: Diamond enhancements carbon dating scientist specific treatments performed on natural or synthetic diamonds usually those already cut and polished into a gemwhich are designed to better the gemological characteristics of the stone in one or more ways.

These include laser drilling to carbon dating scientist inclusions, application of sealants to fill cracks, treatments to improve a white diamond's color grade, and treatments to give fancy color to a white diamond.

Coatings are increasingly used to give a diamond simulant such as cubic zirconia a more "diamond-like" appearance. One such substance is —an amorphous carbonaceous material that has some physical properties similar to those of the carbon dating scientist. Advertising suggests that such a coating would transfer some of these diamond-like properties to the coated stone, hence enhancing the diamond simulant. Techniques such as should easily identify such a treatment. Identification Early diamond identification tests included a scratch test relying on the superior hardness of diamond.

This test is destructive, as a diamond can scratch another diamond, and is rarely used nowadays. Instead, diamond identification relies on its superior thermal conductivity. Electronic thermal probes are widely used in the gemological centers to separate diamonds from their imitations.

These probes consist of a pair of battery-powered mounted in a fine copper tip. One thermistor functions as a heating device while the other measures the temperature of the copper tip: if the stone being tested is a diamond, it will conduct the tip's thermal energy rapidly enough to produce a measurable temperature drop.

This test takes about two to three seconds. Whereas the thermal probe can separate diamonds from most of their simulants, distinguishing between various types of diamond, for example synthetic or natural, irradiated or non-irradiated, etc.

Those techniques are also used for some diamonds simulants, such as silicon carbide, which pass the thermal conductivity test.

Optical techniques can distinguish between natural diamonds and synthetic diamonds. They can also identify the vast majority of treated natural diamonds. Laboratories use techniques such as spectroscopy, microscopy, and luminescence under shortwave ultraviolet light to determine a diamond's origin. They also use specially made instruments to aid them in the identification process. Two screening instruments are the DiamondSure and the DiamondView, both produced by the and marketed by the GIA.

Several methods for identifying synthetic diamonds can be performed, depending on the method of production and the color of the diamond. CVD diamonds can usually be identified by carbon dating scientist orange fluorescence.

D-J colored diamonds can be screened through the 's Diamond Spotter. Similarly, natural diamonds usually have minor imperfections and flaws, such as inclusions of foreign material, that are not seen in synthetic diamonds. Screening devices based on diamond type detection can be used to make a distinction between diamonds that are certainly natural and carbon dating scientist that are potentially synthetic.

Those potentially synthetic diamonds require more investigation in a specialized lab. Etymology, earliest use and composition discovery The name diamond is derived from : ἀδάμας adámas'proper, unalterable, unbreakable, untamed', from a-'not' + : δαμάω damáō'to overpower, tame'. Diamonds are thought to have been first recognized and mined inwhere significant of the stone could be found many centuries ago along the rivers, and.

Diamonds have been known in India for at least 3,000 years but most likely 6,000 years. Diamonds have been treasured as gemstones since their use as in. Their usage in engraving tools also dates to early. The popularity of diamonds has risen since the 19th century because of increased supply, improved cutting and polishing techniques, growth in the world economy, and innovative and successful advertising campaigns.

In 1772, the French scientist used a lens to concentrate the rays of the sun on a diamond in an atmosphere ofand showed that the only product of the combustion wasproving that diamond is composed of carbon.

Later in carbon dating scientist, the English chemist repeated and expanded that experiment. By demonstrating that burning diamond and graphite releases the same amount of gas, he established the chemical equivalence of these substances.

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