Ch. 14: Synthetic Man Made Diamonds

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THE BOOK OF DIAMONDS
have been burned and most of them left no trace of ash. A number of natural diamonds have also been burned for comparison.
Since we first began our experiments in their manufac­ture more than 50 diamonds have been made synthetically at McPherson College, ranging in size from the smallest, one millimeter (about 1/25 inch) in diameter, to the larg­est, which, is two millimeters by one and one half milli­meters by one millimeter, weighing 1/30 carat. This is still the largest synthetic diamond on record. Six smaller diamonds were made in the same experiment, in which gum arabic carbon was added to molten iron and the mass cooled in an ice-brine solution.
Thus the story of the diamond will always remain the romance of science—the romance of adventure—the ro­mance of the ages. While it is true that the diamond is everlastingly King of Gems, and that time cannot mar the magnificence of Nature's handiwork, it, too, is beginning to feel the effects of this highly synthetic age. In the words of Ted Brooks of the Wichita Beacon, "Coronado, daunt­less Spanish explorer, who blazed through Kansas in search of Indian gold, was four hundred years too early. A mod­ern Coronado now displaces him, not with the sword but with science as the ally, and the object of his search is not gold, but diamonds."
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