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August 26th, 2003
August 26th, 2003
August 26th, 2003
August 26th, 2003
August 26th, 2003

[User Picture]02:17 pm - Want to see the house that diamonds built?
The new threats to the DeBeers diamond cartel stranglehold...

My favorite quote: "I think I can identify it," he says hopefully. "It's too perfect to be natural. Things in nature, they have flaws. The growth structure of this diamond is flawless."

As in, now DeBeers gets to make a machine specifically to warn a gem shop if a gem is TOO high a quality, that it's a fake.

Or, they can grow you a brick of diamond that's too pure to find a flaw at a little faster than 20 micrometers an hour, or half a millimeter a day for folks that I just confused.

And yes, I said brick. As in, right now they're having to build up the size of 'wafer' they can grow because nobody's ever done this before. In about 4 years they expect to have a 4-inch 'seed wafer' to use for other purposes, and it appears to get larger faster and faster. :-)1 commentLeave a comment
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