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Diamond Age Coming Soon

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the cheaper-than-glass dept.

Science 404

Roland Piquepaille writes "In 'The many facets of man-made diamonds,' Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) writes that synthetic diamonds are getting bigger and cheaper. An example: for Valentine's Day, you can buy a yellow colored man-made diamond, visibly indistinguishable from a natural one, for $4,000 per carat. This is a 30% discount when compared with a natural diamond. This very long article also says that if synthetic diamond makers are targeting the jewelry market first, these new products will have an impact on many other industries. Not only is it now possible to grow bigger diamonds, you also can choose their color. 'Colored diamonds, which are valuable and very rare, can be created by introducing carefully controlled elemental impurities into the stone,' says C&EN. For instance, nitrogen produces a yellow stone. Infusing boron into the growing diamond produces a blue gem. This overview contains some details, references and photos of men-made diamonds, but read the original article for even more technical explanations if you have the time."

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If diamonds weren't a monopoly (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282244)

The price would be a lot lower anyway. They've got tons of em, they just let out a select portion each year.

Re:If diamonds weren't a monopoly (5, Interesting)

AoT (107216) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282263)

wow, and insightful first post.
and you are so right. A few wars might stop as well if the price wasn't so artificially inflated.

Re:If diamonds weren't a monopoly (5, Insightful)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282369)

Or we could also save $4000 by not paying such a ridicilous ammount for a crystalline form of carbon.

Re:If diamonds weren't a monopoly (2, Informative)

PishiGorbeh (737623) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282455)

"""An example: for Valentine's Day, you can buy a yellow colored man-made diamond, visibly indistinguishable from a natural one, for $4,000 per carat."""" Yellow is the worst quality of Diamond!!! Blue is the finest.. and by the way.. The US has THE most expensive diamond market in the world!

Re:If diamonds weren't a monopoly (2, Interesting)

BuckaBooBob (635108) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282414)

I keep hearing stories about Debeers Dumping tonnes into the ocean to cut thier warehousing costs on the overstock of diamonds they have that no-one is suposed to know about to keep costs high..

I am sure once someone puts man-made diamonds in the mainstream Debeers will just start flooding the market to maintain their "monopoly" on the diamond market safe... But its good to see stuff like this because the man-made ones can still one-up natural ones with colours ect..

Re:If diamonds weren't a monopoly (5, Interesting)

km790816 (78280) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282324)

Wired had a great article about this in September: The New Diamond Age [wired.com]

The diamond industry is scared. It's interesting.

(Check out the cover [wired.com] from this issue...Damn!)

Re:If diamonds weren't a monopoly (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282368)

In fact, I submitted it as a story... not interesting enough in september, I guess...

Re:If diamonds weren't a monopoly (5, Insightful)

RT Alec (608475) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282343)

Old article [theatlantic.com] , from 1982, but quite revealing (I think there was a posting on this to Slashdot a few years back).

The diamond trade is not only a carefuly controlled monopoly, but the whole idea of diamonds being "rare" and "valuable" is a carefuly crafted (over almost 100 years) con on (mainly) Americans.

Re:If diamonds weren't a monopoly (4, Informative)

Tassach (137772) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282372)

Very true. Prior to the 20th century, white diamonds were not nearly as highly prized as colored gemstones.

Diamonds-Value- Ha! (5, Funny)

shubert1966 (739403) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282512)


Here's something: Literally give your significant other the sun . . . A white dwarf diamond that is!

Scientists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the University of Cambridge, and UFSC Brazil have identified in the constellation Centaurus what is likely to be the fate of our own sun. With a rhythmically harmonious core and a 'suface' of hydrogen and helium this carbon-predominant cellestial body is known as BPM 37093. It is the largest diamond ever indentified [harvard.edu] in the wild at Twenty-five hundred miles across and weighing 5 million trillion trillion pounds!". Artistic Representainions and Videos are available here [harvard.edu] .

The Catto Diamond
A businessman boarded a plane to find, sitting next to him, an elegant woman wearing the largest, most stunning diamond ring he had ever seen.
He asked her about it.
"This is the Catto diamond," she said. "It is beautiful, but there is a terrible curse that goes with it."
"Oh - what's the curse?" the man asked.

"Mr. Catto."

Re:If diamonds weren't a monopoly (5, Funny)

jmaatta (550428) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282357)

Open Source diamonds! Yay!

Perhaps... (4, Funny)

Oen_Seneg (673357) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282247)

They're also sending hundreds people here [harvard.edu] to mine the diamonds for them.

Thanks for reminding me... (4, Funny)

Valiss (463641) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282253)

...that I can't even afford the knock-off diamonds on this V-day, you insensitive clod!

Re:Thanks for reminding me... (2, Funny)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282331)

I have noone to buy any kind of diamond for on S.A.D. (Singles Awareness Day), you insensitive clod!

Re:Thanks for reminding me... (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282355)

I'm still holding out for diamond spray paint. That way, I can turn any rock into a diamond. She will never know!

chunky (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282259)

penis

huh? (4, Funny)

andih8u (639841) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282261)

$4,000 a karat sounds a bit higher than a natural diamond.

"Look...I got you this overpriced diamond...and its all nice and yellow"

Re:huh? (5, Informative)

wmt (670536) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282309)

A very high quality one carat diamond can easily run upwards of $10,000. Try pricing one on bluenile.com.

Re:huh? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282323)

Is that what you would pay? Or what it would appraise as? I know I always here those diamond stores saying their stones are guarenteed to appraise for twice what you pay. If those appraisals meant anything I should be able to make a mint that way...

Re:huh? (5, Informative)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282316)

Diamonds are graded on color. A is the clearest and the more yellow pigment there is the farther into the alphabet the color grade. The price falls significantly as you move down the scale. Then you get all the way to Z+ which becomes "fancy yellow" and then the price goes WAY up. The yellow is caused by nitrogen impurities. The diamond manufacturing people can make a lot more per carat if they intentionally put nitrogen into their diamonds.

-B

Re:huh? (4, Informative)

wildsurf (535389) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282439)

Diamonds are graded on color. A is the clearest

Actually, in the current standard of grading, D is the clearest. This originally came about because of "grade inflation" of diamonds, when it became common practice to label stones as AAA, A+++, and the like. (Similar to eBay auction feedback.)

So, the new standard began with D to avoid any confusion. In practice, no visible difference in color is apparent until you get into H, I, J color diamonds, at least in my limited experience.

Re:huh? (5, Funny)

JPriest (547211) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282475)

What is wrong with the people that leave eBay auction feedback anyway?

Please rate this post as:
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no dice (5, Funny)

maxbang (598632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282262)

The next girl who fakes an orgasm with me will get one of these. Then we'll see who's a fat jobless loser.

Re:no dice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282382)

in a restaurant?

Re:no dice (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282468)

"The next girl who fakes an orgasm with me will get one of these. Then we'll see who's a fat jobless loser."

So, are you telling us that you are a fat, jobless, loser that can't satisfy women, and afterwards buys the unsatisfied woman an impure diamond.

Am I missing something here?

Re:no dice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282490)

That is exactly what he said.

Covered in Wired awhile ago? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282264)

Thought so

EARLY POST FOR JIN WICKED! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282268)

I love you sweetie! Happy Valentine's Day!

woo (0, Troll)

rkz (667993) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282269)

81 GHZ here we come [eetimes.com] .

Better break out the liquid nitrogen cooling system.

$4000? (2, Insightful)

wmspringer (569211) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282270)

$4,000 per carat is a 30% discount? I'm so glad I don't collect jewelry..

milkmaids (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282271)

Mutant Milkmaids by: Rancid

The County Fair was in full swing when he arrived. With a mere glance around, he knew that he's made the right choice. This was a virtual cornucopia of toothless rednecks just begging for improvement. Dr. Pierce smiled briefly, flashing slightly sharpened teeth and strode out among the people.

Dr. Pierce was a strange sight. Among the large, hairy inhabitants of this small Texan town, he looked more like a giant rodent than a man. His face was lean and pointed, with a beak-like nose, large ears, and round red glasses that totally hid his eyes. His hair was shock white, frazzled and long, tied back in a knotted ponytail. His body was thin, dangerously so. The way his lightly stained labcoat hung on his shoulders, he looked a bit like an undernourished hat-rack.

No, he didn't fit in with this small town, but he wasn't here to make friends...well, that wasn't necessarily true. But when Dr. Pierce made friends, it usually involved spare parts and floating things in jars.

Occasionally he muttered to himself as he squeezed through the crowd. He said stuff like, "too thin", or "bleag", and occasionally "called me mad!".

The crowd parted, and Pierce saw what he was looking for. There was a large table with several fat hicks stuffing themselves with what he hoped was chocolate pie. He pushed through the gathered spectators and gaped at the sign before him.

"Eating contest?" He pushed his red glasses up his thin nose. He returned his gaze to the contestants. "Fascinating."

The contestants were really gorging. By now, the man directly in the middle had already inhaled six pies and was
scooping the seventh down his throat. The others were furiously trying to keep up, but even a large 500 gorilla in
overalls was hard pressed to compete with this eating machine. Pierce's lips split into a thin smile as he watched. The
man was unremarkable at best, with a plain face and the physique of someone thrice his age. In a mere matter of moment,
the young man gulped down five more pies, and ate another one even after the others had stopped. He was undisputed
winner, breaking the previous year's record. By the end, Dr. Pierce was bouncing from foot to foot, giggling.

After the contestants all left, the winner still sat there and rubbed his enormously swollen stomach. After the others had gone, a shadow fell over the gurgling gut, and the lad looked into the piercing red stare of the doctor.

"What is your name, boy?"

The lad looked up. "Uh...Billy Joe."

Pierce beamed, leaning back. "Billy Joe! Wonderful, wonderful. Well, very pleased to meet you Billy. I am Dr. Anthony Pierce. I have need of a young man of your...talents."

Typical of the breed, Billy Joe blinked stupidly. "Huh?"

Pierce seemed to grin wider, making him look a bit like a rabid rat.

"And such a bright lad. Yes, you're absolutely perfect. How old are you?"

"19." Billy was trying to squirm back, but his stomach rendered him immobile.

Pierce nodded sagely. "Good age, that. Yes..." He seemed to look into the horizon, his face twisted into a mask of internal struggle. Finally he nodded and reached into his labcoat and whipped out a small card. BJ shrunk away from it as if worried it would bite or possibly explode. "Here's my card. I'm in need of a ranch hand to help me with a very, VERY secret project. If you're interested in working for me, come to this address. If you are not TOTALLY serious about working for me, do not come. I'll have no slackers interrupting my projects."

Billy Joe took the card and looked at it. It was a black card with Dr. Pierce written in white, nothing more. The address was penciled in on the back.

Billy looked up suddenly. "Hey wait, what does this pay?"

Pierce half-turned and smiled. "Oh not too much....but the benefits are outstanding." He stalked away with sweep of his coat and strode into the sunset.

Billy finally managed to attain his feet, staring at the card. He shrugged and started off for home.

It wasn't until three days later that Billy Joe managed to make his way down to the farm. It wasn't what he expected. There was a house on a hill near a river with more satellite dishes and tubes you'd expect to see coming out of a house. The barn itself looked normal, except it was homier, as if it were more of a boarding house than some place to corral animals. There was a longer building that looked a bit like an old style military hangar, with lightning rods and odd solar panels. There weren't any electric fences either, but there were poles that appeared to have beams of reddish light that glowed faintly in the early morning fog. There was also a slightly scorched sign that read 'Trespassers Will Be Horribly Mutated'.

Billy whistled, half impressed, half scared shitless. He parked his bike next to what looked like a gate in the middle of the laser fence. He hopped off and walked over to a console with a screen and speaker.

"Er...Hello?"

The line was dead. After a few minutes, Billy shrugged and picked up his bike. He was just about to leave when the screen flickered. The pale face of Dr. Pierce flickered briefly, and grinned.

"I knew you'd come."

The screen went dark, and the gates opened. Billy hesitated only a moment, and strode through the gates, rolling his bike along with him. The gates closed, and soon he found himself on the front porch of the house with Pierce. Setting his bike down, the two figures walked to the barn, talking. Mostly Pierce just asked questions and Billy answered them.

"Any family?"

"Ur, my pop, but he's usually too drunk to know where HE is, so's usually I just so mah own thing, an' he don't bother me none."

"Friends?"

"Some guys I hang out behind the bar on weekends."

"Any experience with animals?"

"We gotta dog."

"Farm animals..."

"Oh...yeah, me an' Pop used ta go down to my Gramp's farm, but he died."

Pierce nodded. "Good, good..."

BJ was thinking how his Gramp's death wasn't "good, good", and was about to argue the fact when Pierce threw open the doors. Billy's jaw dropped as he saw inside.

The barn looked more like a college dorm inside. Several rooms in a hall, a high ceiling, and what appeared to be a second floor. There were...

Girls.

Naked girls. With round breasts, pert bottoms, trim tummies, dark spots, small horns...

Spots and horns?

Pierce was already striding toward the girls, who shrieked and slid into various rooms, slamming doors. Pierce shouted. "Alright girls! Time to work! Get your plump rears in gear or it's hamburger for the lot of you!"

BJ snuck up, shaking visibly. "Doc...what?..."

Pierce gave him half a glance. "Cowgirls. A creation of mine. I thought to myself...Farming is hard work...what I need is cows that milk themselves. So by combining the best traits of cows and humans, I came up with a race of cows that begs to be milked and is more than willing to do her part to solve world hunger. Farm hands and cattle all in one bouncy package...but sometimes they're just a little too independent..."He gave Billy a meaningful stare. "That's where you come in."

Billy nodded and was about to comment when the girls started to pile out. They looked just like human girls except for a very thin layer of spotted white fur, wide bovine muzzles, small horns, tails, and hooves. Each girl was wearing clean farm overalls and little else. This did very little to protect their modesty, because each cowgirl had a least a D-cup bustline, and the straps strained over their chests. One larger one wore a tight shirt, with 'Got Milk?' on the front. Billy had a hard time keep his eyes in his head, and something else in his pants. He shifted uncomfortably as Pierce addressed the cowgirls.

"Before we begin, let me introduce our new farmhand...His name is Billy Joe. Now we all know what happened to the last ranch hand. Let's try to get along with this one, ok?" He turned to Billy and beamed. "These are your new partners. Let me introduce...ah, this is Ellie May, And Bobbi, Jeanie Sue, Suzi Q., Mary Jane, Julie, and this..." He stopped in front of the girl with the shirt. She was at least a foot taller than the others, and built like wrestler, with breasts bigger than Billy's head. "This is Butch. She's the leader of the herd, and doesn't take shit from anyone, least of all me. She knows her place, tho, so do what you can to keep the others in control, but just leave Butch alone...we'll all be a lot happier."

Billy nodded. Butch was a head taller than he. She folded her arms over her breasts (quite a task) which smooshed them against her chest, tearing the collar of her shirt to reveal a healthy helping of cleavage. If Billy wasn't so entranced, he might have noticed something more important about Butch's body, but the doc clapped his hands, startling the new ranch hand.

"Ok! To the processing plant. Double time! Get your asses strapped in, we start in 10 minutes. Any stragglers and I bring out the grill!"

The girls giggled nervously and hurried out, bouncing on purpose and trying to attract Billy's attention. Butch stayed behind, glaring at BJ for a long moment, then unfolded her arms, storming out. Pierce seemed to relax a bit when she left.

Billy grunted. "What's with Butch?"

Pierce looked startled and pulled out a hanky, dabbing sweat from his brow. "She was my first...a prototype...it wasn't fully successful...not in the way I wanted. But she's the best one of the herd...not just a brainless ditz like the others. Still, she worries me slightly."

BJ was about to ask more questions, but Pierce was already striding out, pulling a clipboard from the wall near the door. Billy followed at his heels, but Doc merely muttered to himself.

"Production is down...might have to get one of them pregnant. Increases milk production, don't you know? Hmmm, still, hopefully it won't be necessary. Always so messy, but it does increase moral..." Tucking the clipboard under his armpit and threw open the door to the long hangar.

The interior of the hangar was made up of dozens of large stalls, each one with a small milking machine with several tubes and hoses. There was also a beanbag couch, to make the girls comfortable. The girls...

Billy gaped. All the girls had unbuttoned their overalls, the strap hanging down. Occasionally their overalls would slip, giving Billy a sneak peek at their pink nether lips. All of them were fixing long tubes over their nipples, which slurped on wetly as the suction trapped the tender nipples. But there were too many... Billy walked in and took a closer look, and saw that most of the girls had several nipples on their breasts, four on each. Some were longer, like udders, others had two pairs of breasts with normal nipples. The only one who looked normal was Mary Jane, who had medium sized breasts, with two small nipples.

"What..."

Pierce strode up. "Experiments...I haven't been able to make cowgirls really consistent until recently. These are the best of the herd. Different in appearances, but excellent producers."

Butch herself had four massive nipples on each breast, and watched the other girls with interest, making sure each one was strapped into their milking tubes before taking off her own shirt. The girls all settled down in beanbag couches, giggling and watching Billy and Pierce expectantly.

All except Mary Jane, who stood there with her top down, and shaking her head at the milking machine in her stall.

Pierce growled at Mary Jane, who stuck out her chin defiantly. He walked over to a console on the wall, typed in a command, and threw a large switch. The milking machines kicked into life, humming and slurping hungrily. All of the cowgirls gasped, lying back as they were milked. A few of them stripped totally for the experience, but some of the shyer cows closed the gate to their stall as Pierce and Billy walked toward the whimpering Mary Jane. Some even slipped their hoof-like hands down their overalls, starting to stroke between their legs.

Mary Jane slumped back against her couch. She was shaking. Billy finally noticed how small she was compared to the other cows. She was smaller than him, and a lot thinner. She looked younger too.

Pierce stopped in front of her, and glared at Butch, who glared back. He put his hands on his hips.

"Two days you've refused to give milk! You eat my food, life safe here on the farm, and still you don't give milk. Do you want to see what's past the Green Door?"

Pierce pointed at the Green Door. Billy wondered what was so important about it, but Pierce interrupted his train of thought.

"That's it, I'm at my wit's end." He kicked the couch out of the way and pressed a button on the side of the stall. Under the couch were four leather straps on the floor, and a small steel wall with a neck-sized hole in it rose from the floor. "Billy...Subdue her."

Billy looked to Butch. She didn't look happy, but made no move.

"BILLY!!!"

Without thinking, Billy tackled Mary Jane. She mooed pathetically and rolled, bucking him off. Billy made another lunge, but as he grabbed her waist, her small horn gouged a chunk of flesh out of his shoulder. Howling angrily, he bit her neck reflexively, a weak moan coming from the scared cowgirls. Taking this opportunity, he pushed her onto her stomach, and pulled her arm behind her arm, twisting...

"Enough..." Pierce grabbed her hair. "You are still cattle my dear..." He dropped her head, leaning back. "Put her in the stocks."

Billy lifting the unresisting girl's head, putting it into the neck hole and closing the top on it. He started to strap her knees and wrists to the floor, and stood up, holding his bleeding shoulder.

"Good...you've done this before I see..." He kneeled, putting the two small tubes on MJ's nipples and turning on the machine manually. Creamy milk filled the clear tube, splashing as it was slowly sucked into the hose.

Pierce stood and dusted off his knees. "Stay here Billy...I'll go get something for your shoulder. Make sure she doesn't struggle free. They don't look it, but these cowgirls are much stronger than your average human." He strode out, closing the stall door to keep the others from seeing MJ's predicament.

Billy shook softly, trying to hold in his anger. He held his shoulder, blood leaking past his fingers. He walked around to look Mary Jane in her tear-stained face.

"You....little bitch...Ya coulda killed me..."

Mary Jane was so startled she looked up, as best she could. She shivered and whimpered. "Help me..."

Billy growled, about to rip loose with a barrage of foul language and verbal abuse. But suddenly he came up with a better idea. He reached down and started to unzip his pants. "Ah'll help ya awright...The doc says getting' you cows pregnant helps production. Ah figger Ah can knock ya up real nice."

Mary Jane shook her head. "No...please..."

Billy grunted, walking behind her and kneeling behind her trembling body. "Maybe you'd like me ta Ah knock you up another way, then." He slapped her ass hard. MJ shook harder, mooing softly. He nodded. "Didn't think so."

He spread her plump ass cheeks, and leaned close. His already throbbing cock pressed between her cheeks, rubbing under her tail and brushing her already moistening sex lips. Her tail flicked weakly, tickling Billy's large gut. Finally, he leaned back, and started to push his thick member past her damp folds roughly, spearing her on his shaft. The trapped cowgirl gasped, starting to struggle. The metal collar started to cut into her neck as she tried to escape, and the hinges of the collar creaked ominously.

Billy saw the danger immediately, pulling out. He grabbed her tail and lifting it, pushing his cocktip against her tight pucker.

"Stop moving right now or Ah rip inta this tight little ass of yers!"

Mary Jane stopped moving immediately, trembling and sobbing quietly. Billy smirked and pushed back into her tight cow cunt, thrusting hard. His stomach slapped against her fat rump as he pushed into her. His hands slipped down, brushing along her breasts and the tube with its milk rushing past. The thought of him fucking this little cow while she was being milked sent a shiver down his spine, and he started to thrust harder. He pounded into her for several minutes, totally oblivious to the fact that the milking machines were starting to shut down around him, the personal milker in the stall buzzing in his ears.

It wasn't until the door opened that he realized he was in deep shit.

It wasn't Dr. Pierce. Billy would have given anything to see Dr. Pierce standing in the doorway. Butch, and several of the other cowgirls were standing there, with Billy kneeling in mid-thrust, and Mary Jane mooing sadly. Butch was furious, her muscles bulging all over her large arms, and across her exposed chest and stomach. Billy wouldn't be surprised if Billy could crack coconuts in her cleavage, even her breasts seemed muscular at the moment.

Billy pulled out of the dripping cunny and tried to think of an excuse. 'It wasn't me' sounded really lame right now. He thought as quickly as he could, and one thing became shockingly clear.

"Ah am so fucked..."

Butch grabbed him by his partly unbuttoned shirt and lifted him two feet off the ground. "You have NO idea."

She pulled her hanging overalls down. Billy Joe nearly chocked at what he saw. Butch had a huge cock, as long as his arm and almost twice as thick. Of course it was less impressive on her since her whole body was massive, but to someone Billy's size, it was a nightmare.

"I am going to tear you a new ass, boy." Butch lifted the petrified farmhand and positioned him directly above hir huge pink shaft, raised him high...

"Stop..."

They all turned around, and saw Pierce standing there with a first aid kit. He took a quick look around and took in the scene. A bruised and crying Mary Jane, a terrified redneck, and a vengeful herm cow ready to dish out some rear-rending justice. He shook his head sadly.

"Very disappointing..." He set the kit down and unlocked Mary Jane. One of the other cowgirls immediately started tending the crying girl's wounds. Pierce stood and glared at Billy and Butch, who hadn't moved.

"Well..." Pierce cleared his throat. "I certainly can't let this happen. Last time you 'educated' a farmhand, you broke him well beyond repair before I got back..."

Butch growled. "Did you see what he did to Mary Jane? He's getting off lucky!" She raised Billy Joe again, who started to struggle with renewed energy.

Pierce shook his head. "No...He does need to be punished...but I think he can best serve out his term as part of the herd."

The gathered girls looked relieved and started to giggle.

Even Butch looked surprised, lowering Billy slowly. "Wait...you mean?"

Pierce nodded. "Best way to increase production, add to the herd, and punish him all at the same time. Besides...I think Mary Jane would enjoy a sister."

The girls nodded, starting to cluster around Butch, stroking her large body lightly. Mary Jane stood finally, wounds treated and tears dried. She watched Billy expectantly, and Billy just looked confused. Finally, Butch nodded.

Pierce smiles and lead the way to a larger stall near the back of the hangar.

"Suzi Q, you and Mary help Butch to keep Billy still. I don't want him getting hurt. Butch, you know the drill."

Butch set Billy down, handing him to the two strong females. She lay down on the large pile of pillows that lined the floor and spread her legs. Three of the other cows kneeled, one starting to fondle a breast, suckling at one of Butch's milk-dripping nipples. The other two snuggled against her tummy and thigh, both caressing and licking the massive cock between Butch's legs. Properly relaxed by the attentions, Butch leans back further, moaning softly and hugging the nearest member of the herd. Her herd.

Billy watched the scene, cock rock hard again despite the danger of his situation. Mary glared at him one last time, then lifted Billy herself, starting Suzi. Holding BJ's legs closed with one arm, Mary drew his outstretched feet toward Butch. The two girls licking the glistening cock reached down and spread Butch's pussy lips, and with a warm slurping sound, Mary pushed Billy into the hot pink cleft up to his knees.

Billy was stunned, "Hey! Waitaminute! Ya can't do tha-ACK!"

Butch moaned lustily, hir moist inner muscles flexing tightly around Billy's legs. Mary Jane pushed him deeper, his feet pushing against Butch's tight cervix, which parted suddenly to trap his feet in the waiting womb. Soon, Billy's throbbing cock was sucked into Butch's body.

Mary Jane was crying angrily, whispering into Billy's ear. "Bastard...bastard! See how you like being raped when Mommy gets done with you..."

Billy was panicking. He could only sit there and stare. The two girls worshiping Butch's cock slid up and straddled hir hips, entwining arms and legs around the massive member. Rubbing against it, nipples and cunnies wet with the attention, both cowgirls started to lick the massive tip. Their tongues roamed over the surface, into each other's mouths, and back along the shaft as they ground their bodies against the hot member.

As Butch's muscles contracted, they sucked Billy deeper, his balls pressing against the stretched cervix. He shook and yelled out, cumming hard against Butch's inner walls. Mary Jane gave him a disgusted look and shoved hard. Billy's chest and head disappeared past the swollen folds. Only his arms remained out of Butch's body, flailing weakly.

Butch was in heaven. The twin girls rubbing hir cock, and the struggling man in hir pussy, and several other girls suckling at hir tits. Shi mooed loudly, and came hard. Hir cock exploded, hot malecum splashing the giggling twins, and female cream gushing from hir stuffed cunt. The muscles contracted, and Billy was sucked the rest of the way inside. Meanwhile, Butch bucked and moaned, soaking the pillows and the females in the room. Shi finally came down and rubbed hir tummy, which now looked more than 8 months pregnant with BJ. Butch could see the skin over hir belly move as Billy squirmed inside. The others, who had all been knocked off in Butch's climax, and now all of them rubbed at the moving bulge.

Inside Butch's womb, Billy was wild with panic. He was running out of air, and he was totally trapped. He shifted, but a sudden pain in his navel caused him to curl up and lay perfectly still. He grabbed at his stomach and felt a long moist tube sliding into his gut. He tugged at the cord, but a sharp pain ceased further attacks. Then he realized he wasn't having any problems breathing. Distracted, he curled back up. Suddenly he heard Butch's muffled voice call out to him.

"That's right baby, you just calm right down..." shi cooed. "Mommy will take good care of you from now on. But when you come out, mommy is still going to beat your little ass black and blue for hurting little Mary Jane. But you've got a few months to think about what you did."

Pierce walked back in, having narrowly avoided a cum shower. He scratched his stubbly chin. "Well...things didn't work out as well as I hoped, but all in all this was an advantageous turn of events."

Butch just glared. "You knew what was going to happen, didn't you? That's why you picked such a fat redneck bastard. He should be a good producer when she's born."

Pierce sighed and rubbed the bridge of his nose, avoiding Mary Jane's accusing stare.

"If you've got a better way to get new cows for our farm, you tell me. And you know perfectly well that Billy...or should I say Billi Jo, will be your new fucktoy when she gets out."

Butch actually blushed and looked away. Mary Jane hugged hir and shivered. "Will Billi still be mean when she comes out?"

Butch patted hir tummy and gasped as shi felt Billi squirm a bit more.

"We'll just have to wait and see, sweetheart. Wait and see."

To be continued...

Possible regulation? (5, Interesting)

glpierce (731733) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282273)

The diamond industry (mining, cutting, and selling) is quite large. Is it possible they can convince governments to regulate the man-made ones, and have them somehow marked to allow people to note the difference? It may seem a bit out-there, but there's a lot of money at stake for a lot of people.

Re:Possible regulation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282345)

...but there's a lot of money at stake for a lot of people.

what people?

Re:Possible regulation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282384)

Black miners, and the white people who own them.

Re:Possible regulation? (2, Insightful)

Herkum01 (592704) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282359)

I find that it will be hard for a bunch of people who's primary interest in diamonds as bobbles being able to influence governments to regulate the industry. Especially since they have been getting occasional bad press due to associations with instabilities in Africa, for example.

There is alot of money at stake, but it is not for alot of people. Diamonds are a relatively small industry and they might be able to market them based on differentiation and authenticity, but I doubt that would really keep people in check from manufacturing man-made diamonds.

Diamonds have alot of properties that people have been unable to test. It has been to expensive, but as the man-made stuff is used to do things like do a "diamond-coating" of electronics. They are discovering all of these properties and incredible uses for them that noone have even considered. Maybe a diamond coated CPU perhaps?

Spotting a natural diamond is possible (1)

product byproduct (628318) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282360)

They have *more* defects than the artificial ones.

Re:Spotting a natural diamond is possible (4, Interesting)

Tassach (137772) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282432)

Also the flaws are noticably different -- synthetic gemstone flaws are usually symmetrical bubbles, whereas natural stones have different kinds of flaws which look more, well, natural.

Re:Possible regulation? (5, Insightful)

Chester K (145560) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282365)

The diamond industry (mining, cutting, and selling) is quite large. Is it possible they can convince governments to regulate the man-made ones, and have them somehow marked to allow people to note the difference? It may seem a bit out-there, but there's a lot of money at stake for a lot of people.

You can bet that DeBeers will fight until the bitter end to preserve their diamond monopoly.

Let's hope they lose.

Date of bitter end (5, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282445)

The bitter end will come in 2023, when Apollo Diamond's U.S. patents on chemical vapor deposition are scheduled to expire.

Re:Possible regulation? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282466)

Fucking jews. No wonder no one likes them.

The real money isn't in jewelry (5, Insightful)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282376)

It's in electronics. Diamonds have plenty of intersiting properites that make them highly desirable for semiconducter applications, as well as heatsinks. See this article for some info [eetimes.com] . There's a problem, though, real diamonds simply don't come large enough, pure enough, and in the right kinds to make this practical on anything but a small scale. This will not be a problem with synthetics, they can cook up whatever kind they like, and Apollo at least makes them very, very pure. That's where the real money will be at. As big as jewelry is, it pales in comparison to eveltonics, espically given that we will eventually hit the limit of what silicon is capable of. The synthetic makers are basically just using jewelry as a means to an end, to finance their bussiness to get them to the state where they can start mass producing for other uses.

Diamond branding (2, Interesting)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282388)

I hear the DeBeers uses a laser to etch their own logo on diamonds. I'm sure the logo is really small, but this is done to authenticate the real thing. So even if fake diamonds are cheaper and better, DeBeers will still sell their own "natural" rocks based purely on marketing.

And with synthetics, you can't use their logo or it would be trademark infringement.

Coke and Pepsi (3, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282465)

DeBeers will still sell their own "natural" rocks based purely on marketing.

Likewise, Coca-Cola had a monopoly on cola soft drinks until Pepsi and RC came around. Some people will always prefer De Beers's conflict diamonds, but others will prefer Apollo brand cultured products, and competition will drive prices down until the bottom falls out of the market in 2023 when Apollo's patents run out.

Re:Possible regulation? (2, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282456)

No. The diamond industry is very tightly locked into only small number of countries.

So every other country actually benefits financially by participating in the synthetics market.

Check into the history of porcelain. Same deal.

KFG

Re:Possible regulation? (4, Funny)

Pakaran2 (138209) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282504)

Yeah, they won't let them call the artifical ones LinDiamonds (tm) :)

Re:Possible regulation? (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282523)

Right now, the way to tell a natural from a synthetic is because the natrual one will have more imperfections.

Hey, wait a second. Wouldn't that be a perfect way to mount a "It's more romantic than DeBeers, because you two are perfect and so is this!" ad campaign?

RELATIVELY HUGE THROBBING FETUS PENIS EJACULATING (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282276)

CAN you IMAGINE the thought of a bunch of BOY FETUSES EJACULATING their ironically fertile BOYCUM, the very substance that half made who they ARE only recently?!?! THINK about it, a group of TINY PRE-BABIES with their ROCK HARD yet tiny PENISES all in a CIRCLE-JERK performing a IN UTEREO BUKKAKE ceremony way up in mommy's CUM-DRENCHED WOMB, man, when the "water breaks" I'm thinking that's more STICKY BABYCUM than FETUS FLUID. Birth would be like one gigantic EJACULATION!

dupe? (2, Funny)

SHEENmaster (581283) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282277)

Aparently I'm not the only one that can't afford a knock-off diamond.

Machine shop changes (5, Interesting)

jhines (82154) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282284)

I visited a friend's workplace last week, a machine shop.

He said that diamond tooling has made a big change in his workplace, allowing heat treated steel to be machined rather than ground.

Re:Machine shop changes (1)

Tango42 (662363) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282299)

You can just imagine it, can't you... the multicoloured toolbox. A bit of Nitrogen in the drill bits, some boron in the chisels, much more interesting!

Wait a minute. this is a repost, isn't it (2)

iammaxus (683241) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282287)

Didn't i just see something about lots and lots of cheap diamonds [slashdot.org] posted on /. ?

Time to sell! (5, Funny)

incuso (747340) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282288)

Hey, thankyou for pointing me to this.

I understand it is time to sell my bag of diamonds before they still have some value :)

M.

--

Could Diamond Age come a little bit faster,please? (3, Funny)

Lobsang (255003) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282289)

That would save me some bucks this Valentine's Day...

Re:Could Diamond Age come a little bit faster,plea (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282306)

Stop posting please

Re:Could Diamond Age come a little bit faster,plea (4, Funny)

rampant mac (561036) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282349)

"That would save me some bucks this Valentine's Day..."

Dude, this is Slashdot.

Our imaginary girlfriends would be more than happy with a cubic zirconia. ;)

Re:Could Diamond Age come a little bit faster,plea (1)

Planesdragon (210349) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282457)

That would save me some bucks this Valentine's Day...

It shouldn't.

Let's say that, each year, you spend about 3% of your income between Valentine's Day, her birthday, and your anniversary. With a $50,000 income, that's 'just' about $500 each.

If you can get cheaper gifts, you should simply get more gifts. Instead of an apparant $500 diamond ring that you bought for $250, you could get her an apparant $1000 ring for $500.

Or, in the case of the Good Ones, instead of making the choice between a ring and an ipod, you could get her both. :)

Re:Could Diamond Age come a little bit faster,plea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282530)

You would need to make like 80G to take home 50.

yeah (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282300)

you think the goatse.cx guy likes diamonds?

Talk about timing!!! (4, Funny)

instantkarma1 (234104) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282308)

Way to go, slashdot! This is just what the few geeks who actually have significant others want to hear...ON VALENTINE'S DAY AFTERNOON!!!!!

Perhaps last week or before would have served us a bit better, eh?

Re:Talk about timing!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282373)

Yeah, I mean if we'd known a week ago we'd have all been queueing up to spend $4,000 per carat!

Re:Talk about timing!!! (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282506)

It's just a reminder that diamonds are a business industry built around a particular scientific oddity... and your girl would look just as beautiful with any other rock on her finger. You need all of this information to build your justification for why you don't want to spend the money to get a diamond just yet...

Positive charge only? (1)

SmackCrackandPot (641205) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282315)

That's because boron has only three outer-shell electrons and can make only three of four bonds that carbon normally does in the diamond lattice. The result is a missing electron or "hole" that can move freely through the crystal, allowing the diamond to conduct positive charge.

I'm a bit confused about this paragraph. If a diamond can only conduct positive charge, then it would be a power source? Have they discovered unlimited energy?

Re:Positive charge only? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282354)

Oh, my. No, "conducting positive charge" does not mean it has a lot of extra charges or the energy associated with them to provide an infinite supply. Silicon in computer chips has stuff added to make it more positive or negative balanced, allowing it to conduct positive or negative charges. Sandwich a positive area between two negative areas and voila! You have a transistor!

Now, try making one out of diamond (carbon) instead of silicon. This.... could be fun to work with.

Re:Positive charge only? (2, Informative)

keirnoff (709325) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282367)

Actually that would mean it is acting as a doped semiconductor. But because of the physics, diamond will almost never act as a conductor. And the positive holes are just the majority carrier. And either way current will flow, whether electrons or holes. It does not imply it supplies any energy.

Poster doesn't have a girlfriend! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282320)

"visibly indistinguishable from a natural one"..suuure buddy, let me introduce you to a new and sofisticated tool for certifying the authenticity of a diamond, the girlfriend. Somehow they always know...damn it

Then inform your girlfriend that her 'real' ones (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282356)

are likely mined in poor Africian countries with DeBeer's cartel has control of the government and will turn the other way when that government forces children into the state militias. Many of the natural diamonds floating around the market were born out of murder.

Re:Poster doesn't have a girlfriend! (1)

iabervon (1971) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282392)

The girlfriend can tell the difference, it's not the diamond that gives it away. She can't tell if the diamond was mined or manufactured, but the 30% discount is quite obvious.

Re: If diamonds weren't a monopoly (2, Funny)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282325)

This can applied to the gold industries a well, nobody actaully knows how much gold there is because no one is particularly interested for various obvious reasons.

Re: If diamonds weren't a monopoly (5, Informative)

Tassach (137772) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282407)

The gold industry is not a monopoly; it's a commodity metal available from dozens, if not hundreds, of sources. The vast majority of diamond production & distribution is controlled by a single company -- the DeBeers organization. Also, while the purity (and therefore value) of gold can be easily determined with a chemical test, diamond valuation is very difficult -- even experts can have very different opinions as to the value of a given stone.

Obligatory Beautiful Girls quote (4, Funny)

Teddy Beartuzzi (727169) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282335)

Tommy: What's got him creased?
Kev: It's a diamond
Tommy: The fuckin' thing's brown.
Paul: It's called champagne; it's a trend
Tommy: Oh right, they were calling it "piss", but they weren't moving any units

Re:Obligatory Beautiful Girls quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282412)

I dont get it.

I heard an interview on NPR with one of the (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282336)

synthetic diamond company owners. He started getting death threats when his diamonds were starting to threaten the sales of the DeBeers cartel. Given how DeBeers operates and maniuplates unstable, brutal governments in Africa it's not that suprising.

Re:I heard an interview on NPR with one of the (2, Insightful)

Pakaran2 (138209) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282527)

They can only do that so long, though, quite seriously. Imagine trying to corner the aluminum market in 1850, or force everyone to keep using vacuum tubes in 1955, by making death threats against individuals. Sure, it might work for a year or two, but after awhile people might realize that paying a year's pay per pound for Natural Aluminum (tm) isn't worth it.

Granted, this is a flawed analogy.

Related Article: (1)

Anztac (322182) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282342)

The Diamond Age [slashdot.org]

a morbid turn (3, Interesting)

pytheron (443963) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282362)

Trust us Brits to come up with this [guardian.co.uk] - we had a news article on TV a while back about getting the ashes of your cremated loved ones turned into yellow diamonds ! The coloration comes from the nitrogen content of the ashes apparently.

Re:a morbid turn (2, Informative)

core plexus (599119) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282426)

Might want to RTFA that you linked to: "British customers are flocking to an American company which has developed the technology to turn human remains into diamonds." Sorry, the Brits did not come up with this.

-cp-

Re:a morbid turn (0)

Entropy Unleashed (682552) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282508)

Strangely enough, this was an idea featured in one of the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron novels. The bodies of Alderaanian exiles were cremated and compacted into diamonds. It's completely amazing to see something that seemingly was hundreds or thousands of years in the future made possible today.

colored diamonds (5, Funny)

b17bmbr (608864) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282366)

isn't that offensive? perhaps they prefer to be called diamonds of color?

Astronomers discover diamond asteroid (1, Redundant)

TerraFORM (528210) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282375)

Timely topic! http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040213_1479.html 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 carats, folks. /diamond futures surrender

10 billion trillion trillion-carat diamond (0, Interesting)

Johnso (520335) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282378)

These new diamonds are nothing compared to BPM 37093 [sacbee.com] .

The point of buying a diamond... (1, Insightful)

Toxygen (738180) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282410)

...is that it's a DIAMOND. Not some imitation like quartz or whatever else they make them out of. A diamond ring NEEDS to have a diamond or else it loses all meaning.

Re:The point of buying a diamond... (2, Insightful)

mrscorpio (265337) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282437)

Yeah but this "point" is a totally falsified marketing ploy that is already devoid of meaning.

Chris

Re:The point of buying a diamond... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282494)

I hope you're astroturfing, seriously. This topic has been on slashdot several times, and you still haven't got it? This *are* diamonds, made of carbon and all, they just happen to be artificially formed (ie, grab carbon, do some fancy stuff, voila! a diamond). In fact they can be distinguished as artificial because they have less imperfections than natural diamonds...

That's nothing... (4, Funny)

ReadbackMonkey (92198) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282415)

My boss has been diamonds sythethically between his ass cheeks for years.

Re:That's nothing... (5, Funny)

presearch (214913) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282479)

Although comment understand your syntax mangled.

All these Diamond Age references... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282417)

...never get old. Perhaps they are made of diamonds.

*YAWN* (5, Informative)

m0nkyman (7101) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282419)

1952 was the year that man made diamonds made their debut. Despite all the innacurate blather from Wired, we can still tell man made from natural diamond.Spectroscopic examination of Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) created diamonds, which is the method Apollo uses, or the classic High Pressure/High temperature (HPHT) method, both have characteristic absorption spectra. Furthermore, there are some clues to be had with less esoteric equipment. CVD diamonds have a chararacteristic strain pattern in the crystal structure that is discernable. HPHT diamonds are more identifiable, as the gemmologist community has had more time to examine them... decades.

Man made emeralds and rubies have been made for decades, and in many cases are superior. Chatham offers a life time warranty on their emeralds for example. It hasn't destroyed the price of emeralds, as there are enough people who want the real thing, much like many people can paint a repica of the Mona Lisa, down to the brush strokes, but the real thing is still more expensive.

The real problem as far as the jewellery industry is concerned is that unscrupulous people try and sell these as real, and less knowledgeable jewellers pass them on to consumers. I have no problems selling man made stones as man made stones, but disclosure is the important part. I expect that this might even drive the price of diamonds that are certified as natural up, due to the difficulty but not impossibility of identification.

p.s. To those people who think that diamonds are overpriced due to DeBeers, why is it that now that DeBeers no longer controls the industry (less than half of worldwide production now goes through DeBeers), why have prices stayed stable? Could it be that the price of mining and cutting is reflected in the price of diamonds, and that the pricing actually is correct?

Re:*YAWN* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282460)

p.s. To those people who think that diamonds are overpriced due to DeBeers, why is it that now that DeBeers no longer controls the industry (less than half of worldwide production now goes through DeBeers), why have prices stayed stable? Could it be that the price of mining and cutting is reflected in the price of diamonds, and that the pricing actually is correct?

Why would the new "controllers" want to lower the price? If the market is largely in the dark and think the price of diamonds are the proper market price, why lower them?

on your sleeve (1)

the arbiter (696473) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282507)

Parent poster...so, which branch of DeBeers do you work for?

Also covered in Wired Magazine (3, Informative)

telstar (236404) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282424)

Wired Magazine had a cover-story about synthetic diamonds a few months back [wired.com] with some pretty detailed information. Slashdot covered [slashdot.org] the story here.

Lower Prices (1)

firstadopter.com (745257) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282429)

It's only a matter of times before diamonds become cubic zircona like in prices. Well as long as these guys don't patent the whole process.

The road to super power... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8282471)

So we now can create artificial Chaos Emeralds of all seven colors?

The Super X-Prize (2, Funny)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282481)

Find a way to get BPM 37093 [nbc4.tv] or just a large part of it returned to Earth, and you'll have DeBeers out of business instantly...

De Beers monopoly (4, Interesting)

debrain (29228) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282483)

For those of you who haven't followed diamonds for a while, De Beers is arguably the largest and most prolific monopoly in the world, having survived, among other incidents, an American anti-trust inquiry with its reputation, and vicariously that of diamonds, entirely unscathed.

There are several forms of producing synthetic diamonds, and the closer these synthetic diamonds are to real ones, the more likely the company will be bought and all its intellectual property dissolved.

One company is Apollo Diamond [apollodiamond.com] , I recall. From what I understand, their research is conducted in the back of a pharamacy in an undisclosed mall somewhere in the USA.

Apparently, threatening to undermine a multi-billion dollar industry is very risky. I seem to recall there have been numerous coincidental deaths related to diamonds, diamond mines, and synthetic diamonds. Like all things involving enormous economics, life, liberty, and security of person are hardly the most important.

Diamond Age (1)

asmellysock (649878) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282484)

So does that make this the stone age?

GPTV (3, Informative)

NetNinja (469346) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282491)

There was a show on Gerogia Public Television last night about Australia's diamond mine called Argile and the rare pink diamond that it produces.
They don't even mention the prices because they go into private collections.

Actually Rubies and Saphires are a more rare gem.

conflict diamonds ... (5, Informative)

Punctuated_Equilibri (738253) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282498)

I think I would actually prefer a man made diamond, in places like Sierra Leone and Congo diamond mining is the cause huge amounts of criminal violence and suffering.

for more, go to PBS (5, Informative)

tloh (451585) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282499)

A few years ago, there was an exellent installment of NOVA [pbs.org] that looked into the whole natural/synthetic diamond business. Everything from the early history of how DeBeers cornered the market to the (then) latest attempts at producing gem quality crystals.

hmmm.. (0, Offtopic)

FunctionalMethod (751923) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282511)

gemming in real life. Finnaly real life is becoming more like MMORPG's. Now if only we could make up some Orc's...

A rose by any other name... (3, Funny)

thecountryofmike (744040) | more than 10 years ago | (#8282531)

Diamonds are a really cool material, especially for engineers. Look at thermal conductivity graphs...there's diamond, showing off as the best thermal conductor. Now look at graphs of modulus of elasticity (~hardness)...again, diamond is showing off. Want a material with a high refraction index? Diamond has the highest

I say enough of this. I'm tired of diamond being the best at everything. Let's all surround diamond after posting, and set it straight. Maybe we can go all Orwell on this holier-than-thou tetrahedral structure, and erase it from history. Now who's the hardest, huh?

Diamond thinks is so tough....

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