The Jewelry Insider

September 23, 2009

Diamonds are more than a girl’s best friend – they’re miracle workers in modern medicine and industry. Learn about the most recent diamond break-through.

Many of us yearn for diamonds to bejewel our wardrobes – from diamond engagement rings to classic diamonds studs. But diamonds serve a far greater purpose than merely making our lives shine a little brighter. Scientists have been studying diamonds at a molecular level for years,
using this hardest of substances to create breakthroughs in medicine and industry.

Recently, a team of researchers in the U.S. and Germany discovered that tiny diamond particles (or nanocrystals) can be used as a microscope to see something as small as a single molecule. Think of it as an MRI at the molecular level. What does this mean for you? Two things, actually.

One: since this breakthrough could give scientists the ability to detect the spin of a single atom, diamonds may be used to fix gene protein structures – these are the proteins that mutate and cause cancer and other progressive illnesses.

Another possibility is using these nanocrystals to create a tiny storage space for computer information, giving engineers the ability to create computers that are exponentially faster and smarter than today’s models.

All from diamonds. Who knew?

All the more reason to add the miraculous gem to your own collection – and has all the tricks of the trade to help you select the diamond that’s right for you and your loved ones.

Jewelry that shines and saves the world? Now that’s a win-win in our book.

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