THE BOOK OF DIAMONDS
from Arizona where ten tons of this iron have been collected, and
specimens of the Canyon Diablo meteorites are in most collectors'
ardent mineralogist—Dr. Foote—cutting a section of this meteorite,
found the tools were injured by something vastly harder than metallic
iron. He examined the specimen chemically, and soon found the Canyon
Diablo meteorite to contain black and transparent diamonds. This
discovery was afterwards verified by Professors Moissan and Friedel.
it is also certain from the evidence offered by the Arizona and other
meteorites, that similar conditions have existed among many bodies in
space, and that on more than one occasion a meteorite freighted with
jewels has fallen as a star from the sky.
were used at McPherson College as a solvent for sugar carbon to make
synthetic diamonds. Some microscopic diamonds were made this way, but
never any as large as with natural wrought iron. I have found some
spinels in meteorites. Spinels are found in meteorites more frequently
the earth and air; in things animate and things inanimate; in the
vegetation of the earth and the bodies of the animals; in the charcoal
pit and the breath we constantly exhale, is that of which diamond is
only a form known as carbon; for example, substances like sugar and
starch contain carbon which is the same element as a pure diamond.