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A Diamond’s Journey from the Mine to a Finger

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The story of your diamond (or that diamond you were eyeing online a minute ago) began 3.3 billion years ago and 100 miles below the Earth. That’s right, your diamond is older—like, way, way older—than the T. Rex. In addition to being beautiful, it’s ancient.

The process of its journey to its current state of existence also involved a volcano, a laser, a girdler, a blocker, a brillianteer, a boiling session in a vat of acid, a painstaking beauty contest, several sheets of paperwork, and, let’s face it, many, many marketing dollars.

When the Earth decided to make diamonds, it required a few things: a temperature of 1,700 – 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit, 650,000 – 870,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, a carbon source, and a cozy spot in the Earth’s mantle.
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Stop Throwing Out Your Diamonds

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Upcycling: it doesn’t mean trying to ride your bike uphill.

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.” – according to the esteemed folks at Wikipedia.

You’ve always known that you could recycle your cans and bottles, for a small profit even.  Your local coffee shop has receptacles for plastics, paper and compostable trash.  Your automotive store accepts used car batteries for proper disposal and eventually reuse.  So why stop there?

The probability of someone referring to a diamond as “waste material” is slim, but you get the idea.

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