Synthetic diamonds and the future of the diamond industry

Posted by sofialior on May 29, 2020
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The first diamonds formed in the thickness of the Earth in about 3.5 billion years BC. Millions of years passed before diamond-containing kimberlites - igneous rocks - broke through the earth's crust, allowing people to first discover an unusually hard and transparent mineral. For hundreds of years, faceted diamonds adorn jewelry. Despite the mechanization of many processes, diamond mining has always been and remains an incredibly hard work due to harsh conditions and low pay. In this regard, in recent years, a fashion for synthetic diamonds has arisen in the jewelry sector, the popularization of which can solve many ethical and even environmental problems.
According to statistics, about 70% would prefer to buy synthetic diamonds than their natural counterpart. How are artificial diamonds different from traditional ones?
To begin with, synthetic diamonds are produced in laboratories. In essence, namely, in terms of chemical composition and physical properties, artificial and natural stones are almost identical. Under natural conditions, diamond is formed from carbon atoms at a depth of about 200 km under a pressure of about 50 thousand atmospheres. In this case, the future mineral is affected by the extremely high temperature of the surrounding earth's mantle. Most of today's diamonds originated at the dawn of the formation of our planet, when it was much hotter than today.

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