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A Brief History of Diamonds

Diamonds are nothing new. These magnificent gems were likely first discovered in the 4th Century BC in India. Stones were quickly disseminated across India, China, and Europe via the Silk Road. Diamonds were prized as ornaments, used as cutting tools, and were sought after for their ability to refract light and engrave metal. They were used as talismans to ward off evil and during the middle ages were even considered to have healing properties when ingested.
How Diamonds are Made Even though diamonds can now be recreated in a lab, geologists are still trying to puzzle out how diamonds were formed in the Earth one billion to three billion years ago. According to Live Science, Their best guess goes something like this: 1) Bury carbon dioxide 100 miles into Earth. 2) Heat to about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. 3) Squeeze under pressure of 725,000 pounds per square inch. 4) Quickly rush towards Earth’s surface to cool.” Not exactly an easy process, but one that brings us beautiful, multi-facete…