Dating diamonds


25-Feb-2017 16:04

He is presently employed in the Space & Atmospheric Sciences Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Radiometric dating--the process of determining the age of rocks from the decay of their radioactive elements--has been in widespread use for over half a century.

These included table size, crown height, length of the lower half facets, total depth, and culet size.

The first known diamonds discovered by humans happened about 700 or 800 BCE in India by the Dravidian people (who are still found today in southern India and Sri Lanka).Pliny the Elder, in his 78 AD encyclopedia, also spoke of diamonds.Eastern traders brought them to Europe, along with silk, spices, and other exotic goods, and they were used as valuable trade items.Today’s round brilliant-cut diamonds showcase the gem’s sparkling optics.

They are the most recent expression of a cutting style that has been around for centuries.

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