Engagement season is here. Jewelry stores certainly have their work cut out for them this time of year with all the diamond shoppers. Will we soon call them carbon shoppers?
"Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air."
Diamonds still sounds a bit more romantic. Q-Carbon certainly does not share the same loving ring as diamonds. It however may give the best friend a bit of a challenge.
“The only place it may be found in the natural world would be possibly in the core of some planets.”
“We didn’t even think that was possible,” Narayan says.
Q-Carbon may pave a new path when it comes to engagement ring shopping.
Anthropologists believe the tradition of rings originated from a Roman custom in which wives wore rings attached to small keys, indicating their husbands' ownership.
The modern bride certainly may take offense over the sense of ownership, but rings are still used to show a mutual commitment to own another through the bond of marriage.
In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy.
Lucky for you the groom to be, you do not have to attach keys or at present worry about Q-carbon. Here is a simple guide for ring shopping cut, color, clarity, carat the 4 c's. Soon Carbon may become the fifth. For now though 4 is the magic number.
Congratulations on your engagement and we wish you all the best on your new journey.
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NC State has filed two provisional patents on the Q-carbon and diamond creation techniques.
The work is described in two papers, both of which were co-authored by NC State Ph.D. student Anagh Bhaumik. “Novel Phase of Carbon, Ferromagnetism and Conversion into Diamond” was published online Dec. 2 in the Journal of Applied Physics. “Direct conversion of amorphous carbon into diamond at ambient pressures and temperatures in air” was published Oct. 7 in the journal APL Materials. The work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation, under grant number DMR-1304607.