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Modern Technology Can’t Replicate “Real”

Modern technology and innovation have certainly made life easier and cheaper for many people, but for life’s most important moments, only something real, rare and precious will do

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Modern technology has thrust the human race into an age of nearly unlimited advancements. Innovation in areas such as transportation — from high-speed trains to electric scooters — quickly get us where we need to go. We can now even make artificial diamonds in a laboratory that can look very similar to diamonds created naturally in the earth.

Technological advancements have helped move our society forward, but there is no substitute for the real thing. For example, electric scooters will never replace a refreshing walk in the park with a loved one on a perfect summer’s day. Similarly, an artificial diamond cannot replicate the authentic love a real diamond has symbolized for thousands of years.

Diamonds are a Wonder of Nature

Natural diamonds — the eighth wonder of the world — are 1 to 3 billion years old and brought to the surface through intense volcanic eruptions. Even the youngest of diamonds were formed long before dinosaurs walked the planet and hold clues to the formation of earth. For a diamond to form, precise conditions must perfectly and intricately align, including pressures that are 50,000 times higher than found in the atmosphere at earth’s surface and temperatures of around 1,832°F. The right conditions only exist nearly 100 miles below the surface in the mantle of the earth. With just one small change in the course of the universe, diamonds wouldn’t exist.

As miraculous as a diamond’s formation, is its strength and resilience. As the hardest naturally occurring substance on earth, diamonds have a hardness of 10 out of 10 on the Moh’s scale of mineral hardness, which comes from a perfectly bonded atomic structure. They are closely knit together in an unbreakable bond, just like the love it symbolizes.

Diamonds are Really Rare

The appeal of diamonds transcends ordinary concepts of worth. Beauty and rarity make diamonds precious. When you hold a diamond, you intuitively see, even feel, its value. There aren’t many newly discovered diamonds entering the market, as there are just 53 diamond sites in the world and the last significant discovery of diamonds was more than 20 years ago.

Diamonds are Entwined with Human History

All diamonds tell a story, not just of the earth but of human kind. The philosopher Pliny reflected in 79 AD that a “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.” Since their initial discovery, diamonds have symbolized beauty, love, invincibility and strength across civilizations. Their allure and indestructibility has long mystified humans, dating back to 3000 BC when the Pharaohs depicted diamonds in hieroglyphs, representing the sun, power, courage and truth. Owning a diamond means carrying around the history, symbolism and physical strength of a 3 billion-year-old miracle from the earth.

Modern technology and innovation have certainly made life easier and cheaper for many people, but for life’s most important moments, only something real, rare and precious will do.

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Jean-Marc Lieberherr

The author is CEO, Diamond Producers Association

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