I once worked with a woman who had the largest diamond I have ever seen. It was pear shaped and twinkled like crazy under the conference room lights. It honestly prevented me from concentrating sometimes!
My kids love gems and are fascinated by my diamond ring. When they were smaller, they used to like to try it on. Sometimes when I am in the car and it is super sunny, I notice lots of little tiny rainbows reflecting from it. I guess I am fascinated by it too. It actually is a little bigger than average and it was less pricey than average because it has an inclusion which we could see when we picked it out but I have never noticed since. What I do see is its exceptional color. It is so bright!
Diamonds are formed deep in the earth. Extreme heat and pressure cause carbon atoms to arrange in a dense lattice. Ancient fast moving volcanic eruptions forced diamond crystals to the earth’s surface. You can find diamonds in this type of volcanic rock called kimberlite or in areas where it might have eroded to like rivers and streams. There is a state park in Arkansas where you can look for diamonds. My son especially would be so excited to go there. It might be something to add to our family bucket list but we would have to set expectations because I am sure in his innocent mind he would expect to find one and be rich! It can happen though.
If you don’t have a really big diamond to admire why not make one! I was inspired for this craft by a necklace I pinned a while back. For this craft we used half size craft sticks. The same ones we used to build this farm fence. You will also need craft glue, string, and iridescent glitter glue.
Start by gluing together four sticks in a diamond shape. Hold the sticks together with four binder clips or put a heavy book on top of them. Once the glue is dry add a bead of glitter glue around the top surface of the diamond shape then spread it out with a soft paint brush and let it dry. Ours dried super fast in the sun! The last step is to loop a length of string through. We used a strong beading thread and I like how it makes the diamond looks like it is suspended magically!
Diamonds are cut by jewelers into shapes that enhance their beauty and brilliance but diamond crystals naturally form as octahedrons. Learn more about diamond formation and get my diamond crystal printable here.
PBS produced a program on diamonds as part of their NATURE series. I wasn’t able to find the whole program to link to but here is a preview.
Are your kids fascinated by your engagement ring? Please share!
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