I’m okay with smashing pumpkins, after all they laid down some pretty decent licks in their time, but I draw the line at smashing diamonds! Especially since “smashing diamonds” is not a new band. Ha ha. This article is actually about a geologist named David Phillips who is smashing diamonds “in the name of science” at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
And not just little diamonds either, oh no! He just took a hammer to a rare, eight carat piece of diamond rough, just to extract two tiny emeralds out of it! My first thought was “you’ve got to be kidding me!” because there are emeralds littered all over Brazil and other parts of the world, it’s not like they’re special or anything! You’ve never heard of an emerald Crafted by Infinity, have you? I rest my case.
I was all packed up and ready to fly to Australia to open up a can of whoop-ass on this guy, when I found out that Wink from High Performance Diamonds wouldn’t spring for the plane ticket. So I plopped down on my suitcase, flipped open my laptop and decided to finish reading the article. As it turns out, this guy Phillips is actually smashing diamonds in hopes of making it easier to find more diamonds… That might seem counterintuitive and even a bit mental, but apparently those little emeralds are special after all.
They’re like the secret keys to the universe of diamond exploration, because this particular piece of rare diamond rough is the sort of diamond that the mining company would like to find more of. But it was discovered in an alluvial mining operation, being operated in a riverbed (which is what alluvial means) by Namakwa Diamonds, who would like to find a lot more of them. So they donated the gem to Phillips, in hopes that he could provide them with clues as to where it came from. Specifically which volcano it blew out of.
Apparently there’s a lot more to this story than meets the eye, so be sure to read the Full Article in Phys.org and since this article is now clearly about the Spirit of Giving, I’d just like to say that I’m totally open to the idea of somebody “donating” a round-trip plane ticket and two weeks luxury accommodations in Melbourne, Australia so that I can find out whether Phillips is listening to the Smashing Pumpkins while Smashing Diamonds.
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