googled #4

Happy Friday everyone!! This was a big week. First, definitions for each of The Seven scopes are now officially posted. Let the snippets begin! The first arrives on Monday...get excited. Second, we have officially made it through tax season, or should I say refund season?! If anyone is feeling extra generous with their extra cash, please feel free to make a stop by Harry Winston's and buy me a little something, something...

Pressure makes diamonds.
— George S. Patton Jr.

I have always worked best under pressure. What MOTS calls procrastination, I call a method. In high school we were given three weeks to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. (Fun Fact: he was paid to write by the word, that's why his works are so long.) Guess who still had the entire book to read the night before the test...yes, me. Pacing my room listening to Claire de Lune while I read every single page is one of the most vivid memories I have of high school. I could have probably just used Spark Notes at that point, but I refused. I don't cut corners when it comes to my work. There might be madness to this method, but on more than one occasion, I have formed a rare gem.

As I wandered through the Museum of Natural History's geology exhibit last Saturday, it dawned on me I had never actually looked into the specifics of how diamonds are formed. So, right there in the Harry Winston Gallery I opened google and found my answer:  

googled: how are diamonds formed

General Patton wasn't misleading us when he said his famous quote, "Pressure makes diamonds." However, there is a tad-bit more to the story. The high temperatures (at least 2000 degrees Fahrenheit) and pressures needed to create a girl's best friend, are found only in the Earth's mantle. These very specific conditions exist 90-118 miles below our feet, and it takes anywhere from one billion to 3.3 billion years to cultivate a single stone. To say that we can dig them faster than they are grown, is the understatement of the century.

Another interesting fact, is that coal rarely plays a part in gem formation. It's actually igneous rocks (oh hey, 7th grade science - these form from the solidification of magma) that are the carbon source for diamonds. Over time, the diamonds are delivered to the "surface" by volcanic pipes. Although gems have been found on every continent, they are unevenly distributed. The chemical ingredients and physical conditions needed to create diamonds are found in only a few places on Earth. 

Once they make it out of the Earth and into our hands, the Four C's are how we distinguish the Hope Diamond from those that are just "meh.". Cut. Clarity. Color. And Carats. (I might not like vegetables, but I do love Carats.) Stones can come in multiple colors including red (which is the rarest), blue, and green. These colors are not to be confused with rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Those are specific gem stones. For colored diamonds, a specific element - like Boron - is introduced to the diamond during formation leading to a color change. In the case of Boron, the diamond takes on a blue. Yellow diamonds, or canary diamonds, are the most abundant. 

Gentlemen, you now have some fun facts to impress the ladies. But please remember timing is key. We don't want anyone misled into thinking they are receiving a small blue box from Tiffany's. Ladies, the next time something sparkly catches your eye, don't forget to thank Mother Earth for taking her sweet time. And for the record, I got a 92% on that literature test. Guess that makes two of us who work well under pressure.

Happy Weekending!! (Click the pictures to read more...)