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precious gems

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Future Droid, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. Future Droid

    Future Droid Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 1,077 Likes Received: 1
    so me and some friends have been watching the gem shooping network a lot lately, i think im gonna start collecting gems, are there any gem collectors in here? i think it was goonies that sparked my fascination.

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  2. mackfatsoe

    mackfatsoe Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 6,532 Likes Received: 168
    your goonies reference totally saved this thread.

    no I don't collect gems, but I remember that my mom once gave me a birth gem for my birthday. I think it was a topaz.
     
  3. Future Droid

    Future Droid Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 1,077 Likes Received: 1
    top buff cut? im looking for one of those.
     
  4. WhiteOx

    WhiteOx Elite Member

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  5. mackfatsoe

    mackfatsoe Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 6,532 Likes Received: 168
    princess cut invisi set.
     
  6. im not witty

    im not witty Guest

  7. spectr

    spectr Guest

    yeah man i missed tucson for the first time in a few years this year due to legal issues check tucson or quratzsite next year man the biggest gem show in the country. i am about to pick up a giant auqa from my boy but cant manage to upload the photo for some reason i will post it later
     
  8. Milton

    Milton Senior Member

    Joined: May 21, 2003 Messages: 2,253 Likes Received: 0
    It's all about the brilliant cut... Rappers know!

    (And they do care about black people...)
     
  9. Jackson

    Jackson Veteran Member

    Joined: May 21, 2002 Messages: 7,345 Likes Received: 122
    Stars turn into diamonds eventually:


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    Astronomers Find a Huge Diamond in Space
    Fri, 13 Feb 2004 - Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have found a diamond in space, and it's big… really big. The object, technically known as BPM 37093, is a crystallized white dwarf star approximately 4,000 km across. The astronomers call it a diamond, because it's made up of crystallized carbon surrounded by a thin layer of hydrogen and helium gasses. It's believed that this is the final outcome for many stars, including our own Sun. In five billion years our Sun will become a white dwarf and two billion years after that the carbon should crystallize to form a gigantic diamond.
    Full article

    Image credit: CfA

    When choosing a Valentine's Day gift for a wife or girlfriend, you can't go wrong with diamonds. If you really want to impress your favorite lady this Valentine's Day, get her the galaxy's largest diamond. But you'd better carry a deep wallet, because this 10 billion trillion trillion carat monster has a cost that's literally astronomical!

    "You would need a jeweler's loupe the size of the Sun to grade this diamond!" says astronomer Travis Metcalfe (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), who leads a team of researchers that discovered the giant gem. "Bill Gates and Donald Trump together couldn't begin to afford it."

    When asked to estimate the value of the cosmic jewel, Ronald Winston, CEO of Harry Winston Inc., indicated that such a large diamond probably would depress the value of the market, stating, "Who knows? It may be a self-deflating prophecy because there is so much of it." He added, "It is definitely too big to wear!"

    The newly discovered cosmic diamond is a chunk of crystallized carbon 50 light-years from the Earth in the constellation Centaurus. (A light-year is the distance light travels in a year, or about 6 trillion miles.) It is 2,500 miles across and weighs 5 million trillion trillion pounds, which translates to approximately 10 billion trillion trillion carats, or a one followed by 34 zeros.

    "It's the mother of all diamonds!" says Metcalfe. "Some people refer to it as 'Lucy' in a tribute to the Beatles song 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.'"

    The diamond star completely outclasses the largest diamond on Earth, the 530-carat Star of Africa which resides in the Crown Jewels of England. The Star of Africa was cut from the largest diamond ever found on Earth, a 3,100-carat gem.

    The huge cosmic gem (technically known as BPM 37093) is actually a crystallized white dwarf. A white dwarf is the hot core of a star, left over after the star uses up its nuclear fuel and dies. It is made mostly of carbon and is coated by a thin layer of hydrogen and helium gases.

    For more than four decades, astronomers have thought that the interiors of white dwarfs crystallized, but obtaining direct evidence became possible only recently.

    "The hunt for the crystal core of this white dwarf has been like the search for the Lost Dutchman's Mine. It was thought to exist for decades, but only now has it been located," says co-author Michael Montgomery (University of Cambridge).

    The white dwarf studied by Metcalfe, Montgomery, and Antonio Kanaan (UFSC Brazil), is not only radiant but also harmonious. It rings like a gigantic gong, undergoing constant pulsations.

    "By measuring those pulsations, we were able to study the hidden interior of the white dwarf, just like seismograph measurements of earthquakes allow geologists to study the interior of the Earth. We figured out that the carbon interior of this white dwarf has solidified to form the galaxy's largest diamond," says Metcalfe.

    Our Sun will become a white dwarf when it dies 5 billion years from now. Some two billion years after that, the Sun's ember core will crystallize as well, leaving a giant diamond in the center of our solar system.

    "Our Sun will become a diamond that truly is forever," says Metcalfe.

    A paper announcing this discovery has been submitted to The Astrophysical Journal Letters for publication.
     
  10. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 14,171 Likes Received: 272
    In other news:

    De Beers has just merged with NASA in what appears to be a move to collect interplanetary shiny materials.
     
  11. 1/4FareMetrocard

    1/4FareMetrocard 12oz Loyalist

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  12. I.C.Shadow

    I.C.Shadow Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 9, 2004 Messages: 1,190 Likes Received: 1
    Is this the new homo thread? I've been gone for a while :haha: :haha: :haha:
     
  13. Gat Bush

    Gat Bush Veteran Member

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  14. spectr

    spectr Guest

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    this is a picture of the auqa i am getting
     
  15. Roul_Duke

    Roul_Duke New Jack

    Joined: Jan 7, 2006 Messages: 16 Likes Received: 0
    I used to collect gems as a kid.
    I remember my grandpa having a big stash of them...
    Wouldn't let me touch, Bastard.
     
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