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Age of Diamonds

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1174788.  Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:35 pm Reply with quote

In the facts feed, the following comment popped up on the 3rd Feb:
Most diamonds are at least 3 billion years old.

Whilst that may hold true for a naturally occurring diamond, they make up a tiny fraction (in the order of only a few percent) of the overall market for diamond based products (demand for industrial products, such as cutting tools, vastly outstrips the jewellery market where most natural diamonds are sold).

Surely if most diamonds produced today are synthetic, wouldn't it would be more accurate to say that most diamonds are probably only a few months old instead of over 3 billion years old?

1174795.  Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:24 pm Reply with quote

I think the word 'natural' was accidentally omitted. An age of more than 3 billion years is vastly more interesting than that of a few months/years. Maybe it's even surprising for some who would have thought in terms of merely millions of years.
Everybody knows that synthetic diamonds are made recently, so that's not worthwhile stipulating.

1174836.  Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:23 pm Reply with quote

Except for the people who don't know diamonds are made synthetically at all, then it's quite interesting you can have diamonds that are only a couple of months old.


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