The Truth About Diamonds
Excerpts as imagined by somebody who is unfamiliar with the nuances of being a rock royalty princess and a card-carrying member of Hollywood's inner circle
"...'I can't stand to hear anymore of your lies!' screamed Chloe. She angrily took the ring off her finger and threw it on the dirty street. She hoped that the diamond would shatter into a million pieces like her heart had upon realising his betrayal. But of course it wouldn't, Chloe thought, because diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth. It ranks a perfect 10 on the Mohs scale, even! However she had fallen prey to a popular misconception about a diamond's destructibility. Hardness only refers to a diamond's ability to withstand heat and scratching. Its toughness rating, on the other hand, is actually only fair to good due to its cleavage planes. Had the diamond been struck on one of its weak points it would have easily chipped or fractured......."
"......Today her best friend's pencil-chewing in class annoyed Chloe more than usual. "One of these days you're going to get lead poisoning," she snapped even though she knew it wasn't true. The pencil was actually composed of graphite, a non-toxic form of carbon. Interestingly enough, the diamond twinkling on her ring finger was also another form of carbon. While the chemical formula is the same, these widely different forms or allotropes exist because of their different molecular structures. In graphite, layers of covalently bonded carbon atoms are joined together by weak attractive forces called Van der Waals forces, allowing the layers to slip easily over one another. The covalent bonds in diamond form a 3D interlocking structure which accounts for its rigidity...."
"....After a light salad lunch Chloe and her gang decided to stop by her favourite jewellery store to admire the diamonds. They all looked so sparkly, especially under the small recessed halogen lights that were strategically placed to enhance their brilliance. The salespeople made sure to display their gems against black felt cloth so that even the more yellowish ones would take on a whiter look.....
"....When Chloe saw what was in the tiny velvet box, she couldn't breathe. It was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen in her life. The 4.5 carat princess cut solitaire must have cost a fortune but not because it was genuinely rare. It was because De Beers, the world's largest diamond company had been able to keep prices artificially high by regulating diamond distribution channels across the world. Recently De Beers agreed to pay $250 million to settle class action lawsuits which accused the company of price-fixing. A savvy marketing campaign hinging on the phrase "A Diamond is Forever" had also conditioned women to expect one each time a romantic milestone had been reached...."