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Can diamonds be created?

Coming soon: carbon-negative diamonds made from nothing but atmospheric CO2 and rainwater.

A British clean energy company called Ecotricity, founded by environmentalist Dale Vince, told The Guardian that it plans to clean up the diamond industry, which has devastating effects on the environment — and has a whole lot of blood on its hands. The plan, Vince says, is to suck greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere and use it to create a more ethical version of the gemstone.

Reversing Course
To get just one carat — 0.2 grams — of a traditional diamond, according to The Guardian, miners could excavate up to 2.2 million pounds of rock, use 1,028 gallons of water, and emit 238 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, The Guardian reports.

Ecotricity hopes to reverse that environmental destruction by taking carbon out of the atmosphere, producing methane — a crucial ingredient in synthesizing diamonds — by taking hydrogen molecules out of rainwater, and powering the whole operation with wind and solar energy.

Malchemy
The resulting diamond is identical to one pulled out of the ground — and Vince says Ecotricity is already capable of making about 200 carats every month.

“Making diamonds from nothing more than the sky, from the air we breathe — is a magical, evocative idea — it’s modern alchemy,” Vince told The Guardian. “We don’t need to mine the earth to have diamonds, we can mine the sky.”

READ MORE: Ecotricity founder to grow diamonds ‘made entirely from the sky’ [The Guardian]

More on diamonds: Diamond Batteries Made of Nuclear Waste Can Generate Power For Thousands of Years

ETHICAL PROPOSAL
THIS GUY IS CREATING ACTUAL DIAMONDS FROM
Dale Vince holding a handful of ‘sky diamonds’ created using a ‘sky mining facility’ to extract carbon from the atmosphere, with wind and sun providing the energy, as well as using rain water. Photograph: Jeff Moore/Borkowski/PA
Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent
Thu 29 Oct 2020 20.01 EDT

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A British multi-millionaire and environmentalist has set out plans to create thousands of carats of

See links.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/30/ecotricity-founder-to-grow-diamonds-made-entirely-from-the-sky
https://futurism.com/the-byte/creating-diamonds-reclaimed-co2

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Kravenhead
Apparently so.
I couldn't tell a diamond from cut glass, so I'm not a fan of diamonds, but this is great, because it'll bring down the costs of making industrial diamonds.
Diamonds are used for their hardness and cutting abilities.
These are created in an environmentally friendly way as well.
I really don't see a down side.


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Kravenhead
26 day(s) ago
I couldn't either.
A friend of mine, a Team Electronics store manager, was shot and killed in a robbery.
I'm glad you didn't experience any trouble.
Even if you're not hurt, it can be traumatic.

philosopher
26 day(s) ago
We never had problems. I relieved the reception. We new all the messengers. We only let in people we new. Messengers are well paid trustable people. They delivered to me.
A jeweler we know said she was robbed often when working in a Manhattan watch store. Times may have changed. I couldn’t work like that.

Kravenhead
26 day(s) ago
That was probably interesting.
They must have trusted you quite a bit.
I'm sure you must have handled many millions of dollars worth.
Ha! I'd probably worry about a robbery.

philosopher
27 day(s) ago
I do know diamonds. I worked in diamond house on 47 street. I unpacked and weighed when they came in.

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