2009/02/18

Diamonds in the Chemical Perspective

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When we hear of the word diamond, we immediately associate it with a worldly and expensive piece of jewellery. Diamond is indeed precious. It has outstanding characteristics that would be envied by other minerals and gemstones. Let us take a closer look at a diamond’s features.

In its chemical structure, the chemical formula for diamond is just plain “C”. This is because a diamond’s molecule is made up of multiple atoms of Carbon which are tightly yet systematically arranged in covalent bonds. This arrangement makes it a very stable molecule. The fact that diamond are only made up of only one type of element makes it the hardest naturally occurring mineral on earth. In the Mohs hardness scale for minerals, diamonds is given the lone perfect ‘10’. The second hardest mineral considered is the gemstone Sapphire which has a chemical formula of “Al2O3”.

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