You know that feeling you get when you see a kid playing with a cool, new toy, and think to yourself “We never had cool toys like that.” Well, that’s how I’m feeling right now. The University of Alberta is launching a curriculum to train people to be diamond hunters. Are you kidding me? How cool is that? Geez, we never had college courses like that. Or maybe we did, I think it was called Geology or something similar. But c’mon, what sounds cooler? Geologist or Diamond Hunter. No contest, right?
Note to five year old me: When you grow up, you want to be a Diamond Hunter. Study hard. Get good grades. Attend the University of Alberta. Only respond when people address you as Diamond Hunter Dundee. This will all be possible because The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council has announced an investment of $1.65 million over the next six years to create a new Diamond Exploration Research and Training School (DERTS).
Plans are for the new school to open in September 2016. Interested students should have backgrounds in geography and geophysics. But should also be passionate about diamonds. Needless to say, you’re going to know what to look for, so see those shiny pebbles pictured on the left? That’s diamond rough.
This is what a diamond looks like before Paul Slegers of Crafted by Infinity works his magic. Imagine the planning and skill that it takes to transform something that looks like those hard rough crystals, into something that looks like the hearts and arrows diamond pictured next. Do you have any idea how precise the facet structure of the diamond has to be in order to create the “hearts” pattern seen here in a magnifying/reflective viewer? The facets contained within each section of facets, has to be the the same size and shape, and must be polished on to the surface of the diamond at just the right angle, and aligned perfectly with every other facet. The indexing of the facets has to be extremely precise.
It’s an amazing accomplishment when you think of it. Transforming a shiny little pebble, into an incredible looking diamond, which exhibits a crisp, precise pattern of eight symmetrical hearts and arrows when viewed through a special scope. Moreover, the spectacular fire and sparkle seen in real-life go much much farther than any 2D photo can communicate. These diamonds really MUST be seen in-person. Clearly, Paul Slegers of Crafted by Infinity is not only a diamond cutter, but an artisan of perfection.
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Photo Credit: Rio Tinto