Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) August 17, 2009 -- You might give some thought to the value of what is left lying on the floor when you next visit your hairdresser.
The world was first introduced to the cultured pearl, in the 'Roaring Twenties', which threw the pearl industry into total confusion. Now the same revolution is taking place in the sparkling world of diamonds, with the creation of cultured diamonds.
Cultured diamonds have the same refraction index, specific gravity, hardness and dispersion factor. They are polished with the same equipment and techniques. They have the same quality as natural diamonds. In fact it is impossible for professional gemologists to see the difference, chemically, optically, or physically, between a natural and a cultured diamond. The only difference is the source.
In Russia, The New Age Diamond company says it can create a cultured diamond from your hair, using the identical means as when diamonds are created through extreme volcanic forces, under the surface of the earth.
Approximately 1 gram's worth of carbon and 1 gram's worth your hair is run through a HPHT (high pressure, high temperature) machine. A diamond grows atom upon atom, just as in nature. The 'seed' is heated up to 5,400 degrees, which reduces it to carbon. This is then crystallized into a diamond over a 6 â 9 month period. The result is a real diamond, created from your DNA.
The company only offers green, yellow and red diamonds, costing just one third the price of a natural diamond. The fasted growing trend in the diamond industry, worldwide, is fancy coloured diamonds.
The company will create diamonds from your new-born babyâs hair, pet dog, cat, horse or rabbit, or even from cremated ashes. Hair can be collected from two or three different sources.
A United States company, VadenBiesen claims it made three diamonds from locks of Beethoven's hair in 2007 and sold one of them for around $200,000. It says it's going to create approximately 10 diamonds from Michael Jacksonâs hair.
Several years ago, the first diamond was created from hair using 40 grams of beard trimmings. It took a while to collect the necessary amount. A .85 carat, 58 faceted diamond was formed.
A 2.00 carat diamond was the largest stone ever made from hair. It needed around 100 grams of clean hair. A diamond was also formed from an umbilical cord by Phoenix Diamonds.
The biggest diamond ever formed from hair had a weight of 2.00 carat. That demanded almost 100 grams of clean hair. A diamond was also created by Phoenix Diamonds, using an umbilical cord.
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