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The Amazing Properties Of Diamonds

Updated on October 8, 2009

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Diamonds are amazing natural gems which symbolise love, happiness and wealth. They are so magical that the Ancient Greeks believed them to be splinters of stars that had fallen to Earth, and when they were first discovered were used as a talisman to ward off evil spirits. In the Dark Ages diamonds were believed to heal wounds and illness, and some people in the course of history are known to have swallowed diamonds in an attempt to cure their illnesses. While people no longer swallow diamonds, some bars do charge thousands of dollars for a drink with diamonds in the glass!

These days some people have the ashes of their deceased loved ones turned into a diamond in order to keep their loved one ‘with them’. This may sound lovely to some and a little creepy to others, but either way it just goes to show that diamonds have a lot of uses other than simply demonstrating love to a lover or partner.

Yet there are further uses still for diamonds which most of us don’t give a thought to. Diamonds can survive in very severe conditions that would destroy other substances, so they are frequently used in industry. This probably wouldn’t have been possible years ago when natural diamonds were the only diamond available, as they are very expensive and rare, so would have been made use of only by the extremely wealthy. But now that scientists can grow diamond crystals synthetically, they can be used in the world of engineering and technology. The reasons that diamonds are useful for industry are because of its strength; it is five times harder than any other natural substance; and its conduction properties; it conducts heat five times faster than copper. Diamond is transparent so reflects visible, ultra-violet and infra-red light and can even survive radioactivity. Putting a diamond into a human body would not generate an immune response. These are properties that make diamonds extremely unique.

Because of the fact that diamonds do not trigger an immune response scientists are in the process of creating diamond implants which could monitor some healthcare situations or be used to put in place of failing tissues. Diamonds are also used in healthcare to make the scalpels used in surgery, as they are ultra fine, stay sharp and can be used to control bleeding as it cuts, as it can transmit laser light. Using diamonds in healthcare is only in its infancy and there are many possible and developing ideas which will hopefully be ready to be utilised in a few years time. They are also used to make special diamond windows, which are used during scientific experimentation to protect the observer – for example when using acids.

Diamonds are also used in communication by allowing a multitude of signals to pass along a cable at the same time and in microelectronic devices as heat can spread through diamonds far more quickly than any other material.

So diamonds are truly amazing, and help society out in ways that most of us have probably never thought of! But of course we still all really appreciate them for their beauty and sparkle!

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      Faceless39 6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Rated up, awesome, and interesting. What a fascinating and well-written hub! Splinters of fallen stars--wow! I had no idea about that, or that you could get people's ashes converted to diamonds. Neat and a little creepy, but definitely interesting. Great hub, good job! :)

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