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    Sep 05

    diamond_ring_inglass.jpgHave you ever heard of a diamond being called anything other than, well, a diamond? Of course you have. Over the years, diamonds have been called a number of names other than their original name, including “ice,” “bling,” “rocks,” and so much more. These new terms or nicknames are even used in movies, books, television shows and many other types of media throughout the decades since diamonds were first introduced into the life of your average person. However, unlike “bling” there is a reason why diamonds are referred to as “ice.” As such, this terminology is more likely to stick around for years to come than any other term that is ever applied to a genuine diamond.When a diamond first began its nickname of “ice,” it was due largely because of the characteristics and traits of the diamond over anything else. Heat is a test for determining whether or not a stone is real or if it is one of the imitation diamonds, which are also known as cubic zirconias, in circulation. Real diamonds are able to conduct heat and are actually one of the best conductors of heat. Even as a diamond heats up, it is cool to the touch, much like ice. Once this ability was discovered, diamonds were quickly identified as “ice” and heat conductivity quickly began a way to determine whether or not a diamond was real.

    What this means is that the diamond is not naturally at a lower temperature, but that they pull the heat away from the other objects. Therefore, if you touch the diamond to something hot, it will extract or absorb the heat and disperse it within the diamond. One test that an individual can conduct is to touch their diamond to their body and see if it feels cool. If you are looking for an easy area to make the determination, your face or lips is often of the easiest place to conduct the test.

    Although the diamond initially feels warm as you put it to your lips, you will quickly notice that the diamond will feel as cold as ice. This ice-cold feeling is caused not because of the lower temperature in the diamond, but because the diamonds take the heat from your lips. No matter how big or small your diamond is this reaction will occur. However, for smaller diamonds, it may take them longer before you feel the coolness. Still, it does not matter how many times you conduct this test with your diamonds, the results will be the same.

    More recently, this quality of diamonds has not been used just for testing their authenticity. Diamonds are also used as thermal conductors. The capability of diamonds tops that of even the best conductors, like copper. In fact, a diamond’s ability as a thermal conductor is four times better than copper’s. Therefore, more and more diamonds are being used to extract heat from electronic devices, allowing them to be even smaller and more powerful. In addition, vibration energies travel through the diamonds along their strong internal chemical bonds. The renowned strength of the diamonds is also a factor in how well they conduct heat.

    While you may not be using your diamonds to conduct heat from electronic devices, it is an amazing feature that all diamonds have. Furthermore, it shows that the nickname “ice” comes from more than a diamond’s appearance or popular slang. The characteristics and traits of diamonds extend past their external beauty.

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