Glossary

Diamond

Originating from the Greek word adamas, used to describe the hardest substance known to man, diamonds are formed from atoms of carbon subjected to extreme pressure and temperature. It is a common misconception that diamonds take hundreds of years to form. In fact, the stones themselves are formed relatively quickly — the invention of synthetic diamonds suggests the actual process take approximately two weeks. It is the journey from the inner layers of the earth to a level that can be mined which takes billions of years.

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