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(Live Science)   55-sided, 555-carat "Enigma" black diamond goes on sale for about $7-million. One of a kind gem from heart of an asteroid, folks   (livescience.com) divider line
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2022-01-23 2:25:37 AM  
"one of the main selling points is that it may have originated from space"

Um, I'm not a scientist type guy. But my guess would be that, yeah, that's probably accurate.

*looks around*

yep, most of this came from "space" at some point.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2022-01-23 2:50:27 AM  
Oh shiat, wow!  Whatever.
 
2022-01-23 3:28:47 AM  
Remind me again how stupid you have to be to act like one of the most common elements is worth that much?
 
2022-01-23 3:29:35 AM  
Unless it's going to give me superpowers, I have better things to spend money on.
 
2022-01-23 3:34:18 AM  
I like it.

But my bank account will only get me a cast resin replica.

/number the facets and I'll use it to roll fireball damage
 
2022-01-23 3:34:31 AM  
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Behold this completely opaque and black piece of carbon!

What am I bid?
 
2022-01-23 3:36:12 AM  
This is exactly the kind of thing I've been looking for to give beyonce to get her to leave jay z. I'm a little light on funds this month though, if I could get everyone to pitch in $10 I'll make sure you all get invites to the wedding.
 
2022-01-23 3:42:46 AM  
Also a D-list superhero...

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2022-01-23 3:43:20 AM  
"And you're gonna give her that if she says no?"
 
2022-01-23 3:45:46 AM  
A 55 sided die. Awesome must have.
 
2022-01-23 3:46:08 AM  

maxandgrinch: "And you're gonna give her that if she says no?"


For $7 million, she has to say yes.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2022-01-23 3:47:35 AM  
All you diamond haters can suck it.  Look at that thing.  No telling where it came from really, but wherever it came from and however it was made, it's real f*ckin' old.

So see how many times you can swallow and excrete it.  Make it a routine.  Show your contempt for geological and possibly astronomical processes by shiatting a diamond as many times as you can.  You will be super duper edgy and admired by many who wish they, too, could sh*t a diamond every couple of days.

Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate.  Get in the car motherf*cker, we're going diamond sh*tting!
 
2022-01-23 3:54:59 AM  
I have one.
 
2022-01-23 3:56:14 AM  

lifeslammer: Remind me again how stupid you have to be to act like one of the most common elements is worth that much?


If you want to be like that, nothing is "worth" anything.

Money is a human construct and nothing has intrinsic value because value is a bunch of made-up bullshiat.

OK cool.  Now what?  We still live in a society and use lots of its arbitrary rules to to dumb sh*t like pay rent.  We trade imaginary currency for the privilege of staying in a place that can't actually be owned outside fanciful agreements written on paper.  In made-up languages.
 
2022-01-23 3:57:56 AM  

433: All you diamond haters can suck it.  Look at that thing.  No telling where it came from really, but wherever it came from and however it was made, it's real f*ckin' old.

So see how many times you can swallow and excrete it.  Make it a routine.  Show your contempt for geological and possibly astronomical processes by shiatting a diamond as many times as you can.  You will be super duper edgy and admired by many who wish they, too, could sh*t a diamond every couple of days.

Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate.  Get in the car motherf*cker, we're going diamond sh*tting!


You sound like the diamond cartel owner throwing a fit that people are catching on to the scam
 
2022-01-23 3:59:57 AM  
...potentially from space

Danny Brandt covered it up top, but how did the editors miss this?
 
2022-01-23 4:02:21 AM  

Burn_The_Plows: maxandgrinch: "And you're gonna give her that if she says no?"

For $7 million, she has to say yes.


Because of the implication?
 
433 [TotalFark]
2022-01-23 4:05:11 AM  

lifeslammer: You sound like the diamond cartel owner throwing a fit that people are catching on to the scam


My name is Elmer J. Fudd, millionaire.  I own a mansion and a yacht.
 
2022-01-23 4:05:12 AM  
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2022-01-23 4:07:50 AM  
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2022-01-23 4:10:04 AM  

433: All you diamond haters can suck it.  Look at that thing.  No telling where it came from really, but wherever it came from and however it was made, it's real f*ckin' old.

So see how many times you can swallow and excrete it.  Make it a routine.  Show your contempt for geological and possibly astronomical processes by shiatting a diamond as many times as you can.  You will be super duper edgy and admired by many who wish they, too, could sh*t a diamond every couple of days.

Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate.  Get in the car motherf*cker, we're going diamond sh*tting!


Quit apologizing for people who oppress others.

Many diamonds are literally the fire in the furnace that consumes human lives.  Since you're from Texas, I understand that you're habituated to excusing the works of evildoers just because you like their potato salad or whatever.

Maybe stop doing that.

https://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/conflict-diamonds/
 
2022-01-23 4:15:39 AM  
"Cryptocurrency bids will also be accepted by the auction house."

JFC!!

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2022-01-23 4:25:39 AM  
Congratulations, Sotheby's. Remember Gene always gets his percentage. Always.
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433 [TotalFark]
2022-01-23 4:26:11 AM  

rosekolodny: Maybe stop doing that.


I was literally only making an absurd joke about consumption of perceived wealth, and the absurd ways perceived wealth is used/presented/etc.
 
2022-01-23 4:53:32 AM  

DannyBrandt: "one of the main selling points is that it may have originated from space"

Um, I'm not a scientist type guy. But my guess would be that, yeah, that's probably accurate.

*looks around*

yep, most of this came from "space" at some point.


Supernova nucleosynthesis for the win.
 
2022-01-23 5:16:22 AM  
Thats one MFing big diamond...
 
2022-01-23 5:28:03 AM  
I think it would be awesome to see it cut and made into a set of the most expensive DnD dice ever made..
 
2022-01-23 5:40:45 AM  
I want to register for the auction as "Mr. E" to place my bids.
 
2022-01-23 5:46:32 AM  
How much is the digital image of the diamond worth on the NFT market?
Also, "could be from space" and "might be a true carbonado"?  How about nailing that down before trying to sell it for $7 million?  I'd like to know what I'm buying.
 
2022-01-23 6:04:52 AM  

rosekolodny: lifeslammer: Remind me again how stupid you have to be to act like one of the most common elements is worth that much?

If you want to be like that, nothing is "worth" anything.

Money is a human construct and nothing has intrinsic value because value is a bunch of made-up bullshiat.

OK cool.  Now what?  We still live in a society and use lots of its arbitrary rules to to dumb sh*t like pay rent.  We trade imaginary currency for the privilege of staying in a place that can't actually be owned outside fanciful agreements written on paper.  In made-up languages.


Oh, I dunno. Plenty of animals value things, so not just human thing. Bower birds value blue things. And that is only one tiny example.
 
2022-01-23 6:09:24 AM  

LiberalConservative: Oh, I dunno. Plenty of animals value things, so not just human thing. Bower birds value blue things. And that is only one tiny example.


I have a love for Magpies.

They will steal anything shiny.
 
2022-01-23 6:11:53 AM  

rosekolodny: Many diamonds

are literally the fire in the furnace that consumes human lives

I know it's a hopeless fight, but no. No diamonds are literally the fire in the furnace for anything.

You *can* literally burn diamonds: they are, after all, just carbon. But no-one anywhere is doing that -- for obvious reasons -- except for an occasional science demo.

The word you want is figuratively.
 
2022-01-23 6:17:27 AM  
I've read old pulp sci-fi that started like this.
 
2022-01-23 7:18:04 AM  
Article fails to mention that we make moissanite on Earth every day and use it for saw blades, sandpaper etc.
 
2022-01-23 7:31:04 AM  
Roll 1d55.
 
2022-01-23 8:00:02 AM  
They had a story about this on NPR the other day with an exogeologist who studies asteroids and meteorites.

It's terrestrial and hype.
 
2022-01-23 8:21:04 AM  

DannyBrandt: LiberalConservative: Oh, I dunno. Plenty of animals value things, so not just human thing. Bower birds value blue things. And that is only one tiny example.

I have a love for Magpies.

They will steal anything shiny.


Rossini - La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie): Overture [HQ]
Youtube CJiiBq8UnIY
 
2022-01-23 8:48:24 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: Unless it's going to give me superpowers, I have better things to spend money on.


I think that this guy still has his, and he's not gonna give it up without a fight.

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2022-01-23 8:51:08 AM  
Some rock scientist guy was on NPR, and it's not actually a solid crystal.  It's a bunch of tiny crystals fused together, and they have no idea under what conditions such a thing would even form, and the scientist guy thought it was kind of amazing puzzle to solve.

He pretty much ruled out it being from space, as it had none of the hallmarks of traveling through the atmosphere.  That seems to be a marketing gimmick, and apparently a successful one.  It's certainly interesting and apparently unique, so at least it's more valuable than an NFT, I guess.  People attach value to stranger things.
 
2022-01-23 9:00:29 AM  
It's called "bort", and a few years ago someone would have crushed it for abrasive.
It's a marketing gimmick, and if that piece of shiat came from outer space, I did.
 
2022-01-23 9:04:47 AM  
It's a hunk of cheese!

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2022-01-23 9:30:06 AM  

jso2897: It's called "bort", and a few years ago someone would have crushed it for abrasive.
It's a marketing gimmick, and if that piece of shiat came from outer space, I did.


Yeah, they buried the best part of TFA:
'"Carbonados are superhard and supertough," due to their polycrystalline and porous properties, Heaney said. This makes them perfect for industrial use, such as drill bits used in the oil industry for penetrating hard igneous rocks, he added.'

$6.8M of drillbits and sandpaper
 
2022-01-23 9:33:18 AM  

thealgorerhythm: They had a story about this on NPR the other day with an exogeologist who studies asteroids and meteorites.

It's terrestrial and hype.


It's also cut in the shape of a hamsa!

A carbonado of that size was more use uncut as a study in the origins of such, so this thing is extra useless. I mean, diamonds as 'luxury items' are already useless, but black diamonds are doubly so.
 
2022-01-23 9:51:21 AM  
"Museums cannot compete with billionaires for the purchase of natural wonders."

Trump buys it for $7 million, re-values it at $50 million, takes loans out on it to beef up security for it, re-re-values it at $300 million, defaults on loans, "loses" the diamond, writes off $600 million on his taxes.
 
2022-01-23 9:59:44 AM  

433: All you diamond haters can suck it.  Look at that thing.  No telling where it came from really, but wherever it came from and however it was made, it's real f*ckin' old.

So see how many times you can swallow and excrete it.  Make it a routine.  Show your contempt for geological and possibly astronomical processes by shiatting a diamond as many times as you can.  You will be super duper edgy and admired by many who wish they, too, could sh*t a diamond every couple of days.

Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate.  Get in the car motherf*cker, we're going diamond sh*tting!


Diamonds are cool, but the idea that they're intrinsically worth more than say tourmaline, which is also very cool and is like 30 bucks for a baseball size chunk, is odd. I understand it's rarity, but they're still just rocks. Well, minerals.
 
2022-01-23 10:05:41 AM  

Mr. Shabooboo: I think it would be awesome to see it cut and made into a set of the most expensive DnD dice ever made..


You know, I figured there would already be some. And there are sets that are a few hundred bucks, but nobody makes dice out of real gems. But I just remembered the whole shearing plane thing gems have, so you probably couldn't make a triangle or cube out of most of them.
 
2022-01-23 10:33:27 AM  

gottagopee: jso2897: It's called "bort", and a few years ago someone would have crushed it for abrasive.
It's a marketing gimmick, and if that piece of shiat came from outer space, I did.

Yeah, they buried the best part of TFA:
'"Carbonados are superhard and supertough," due to their polycrystalline and porous properties, Heaney said. This makes them perfect for industrial use, such as drill bits used in the oil industry for penetrating hard igneous rocks, he added.'

$6.8M of drillbits and sandpaper


Not anymore. The synthetics are much better for abrasives, as they can be produced in controlled sizes and shapes and given specific crystal "directionality" that makes them far better for industrial abrasion.
Natural diamond abrasive is cheaper, but not nearly as good, so we are seeing these (to me, anyway) rather unappealing attempts to market "Jet" or "Chocolate" diamonds that would have gone into the crusher a couple of decades ago.
As Jay Sherman would say: "It stinks".
 
2022-01-23 10:45:53 AM  
C'mon, we've got to get into alignment on money laundering. Is it NFTs or gems?
 
2022-01-23 10:58:30 AM  
$7-million


Stop doing this, subliteratemitter. There is no need for any punctuation between the 7 and the million in this case.


55-sided, 555-carat = correct

$7-million = incorrect
 
2022-01-23 11:38:35 AM  

Natalie Portmanteau: 433: All you diamond haters can suck it.  Look at that thing.  No telling where it came from really, but wherever it came from and however it was made, it's real f*ckin' old.

So see how many times you can swallow and excrete it.  Make it a routine.  Show your contempt for geological and possibly astronomical processes by shiatting a diamond as many times as you can.  You will be super duper edgy and admired by many who wish they, too, could sh*t a diamond every couple of days.

Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate.  Get in the car motherf*cker, we're going diamond sh*tting!

Diamonds are cool, but the idea that they're intrinsically worth more than say tourmaline, which is also very cool and is like 30 bucks for a baseball size chunk, is odd. I understand it's rarity, but they're still just rocks. Well, minerals.


Try Tsavorite which is much rarer than tourmaline (and diamonds which are pretty common). It is mined in only one area of the Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Looks like an emerald but is harder, cleaner, and cheaper. I paid $100 for this one. If I bought an emerald this size, color, and clarity it would be $3000+

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I do like both gemstones and mineral specimens but I buy what I like (and can afford). Some of the prettiest stuff is really inexpensive but cool to look at. I have a chunk of rose quartz that I paid $40 for. When you shine a small light (like a penlight) on it, you get this beautiful 6 ray star. I have a couple of pieces of jewelry that have small accent diamonds but that is it. I fully recognize how much of a rip off they can be.
 
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