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
skyward - 10:59 am
Heh... I read that and ranted about it on my blog awhile ago, with a general jewelry rant. I think it's interesting that they are going for yellow diamonds first, since those are a smaller part of the jewelry market and likely to be less threatening.
I hate yellow diamonds, personally.... Bleah. DeBeers is like the mafia, though, and I rather like seeing anything that threatens the cartel.
I've always ranted that the big secret about diamonds is that they aren't particularly rare, and now, they're going to get that much more common. *grins*