Section 3 Diamond Basics: What is Diamond? 3.01

Section 3

Diamond Basics

What is diamond? (3.01)

Simply put, diamond is pure carbon that has crystallized in the isometric (cubic) configuration. It is the only single-element gem that exists on this planet. (Carbon -- expressed as C in the periodic table.) Elemental carbon occurs only in three natural forms: diamond, graphite, and amorphous carbon. Amorphous carbon occurs as a type of soot produced by partly-burned hydrocarbons, such as kerosene and natural gas.



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