I have spent countless hours in my career both diamond hunting and diamond mining. There is something magical about finding such a small grain of earth worth so much. Now, when I make that statement there is a little bit of me that professionally wonders even if Diamonds are really worth it any more. Why do I say that?
Aside from being in a remote desert or even an South American jungle, we always come across the local hard working below the poverty level – people who are looking for work and seem to be near starving, yet somewhere in there are invariably two or three individuals who are sporting an earring that is in fact a real diamond. Below the poverty line, seemingly starving and looking for work and really wanting to work hard, but sporting a real diamond earring. Now does that sound like something that is rare?
Sounds in reach of everyone and every income level. But there are some diamonds that are really rare and out of reach of EVERYONE and even IF you could wear this diamond on your ear IT WOULD CRUSH YOU. What diamond am I talking about?
In the field, my personal best is a 6 carat individual diamond revealed by my hands. One of my personal expeditions is to recover a 3000 carat found and then lost diamond and I am still looking for that one. But imagine a diamond being 2000 google trillions millions of carats!
Wow what a diamond and it has been found. Not by human hands but by human eyes – and remote sensing technologies.
Imagine that- a diamond bigger than Earth itself. Well here it is:
LONDON (Reuters) – Forget the diamond as big as the Ritz. This one’s bigger than planet Earth. Orbiting a star that is visible to the naked eye, astronomers have discovered a planet twice the size of our own made largely out of diamond. The rocky planet, called ’55 Cancri e’, orbits a sun-like star in the constellation of Cancer and is moving so fast that a year there lasts a mere 18 hours.
Discovered by a U.S.-Franco research team, its radius is twice that of Earth’s and its mass is eight times greater. It is also incredibly hot, with temperatures on its surface reaching 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit (2,148 Celsius). “The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond rather than water and granite,” said Nikku Madhusudhan, the Yale researcher whose findings are due to be published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters.