Scientists grow their own Crown Jewels

Scientists in Oxford have got their hands on the Crown Jewels – by making their own.  Physicists at Oxford University’s crystal growth unit grew a replica of the Imperial State Crown, part of the famous jewels held in the Tower of London. They also managed to reproduce the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring from common household items including drain unblocker, sandpaper and antiseptic cream.

They will be displayed at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at Birmingham NEC,  March 11th to 14th

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/11431564/Scientists-grow-
replica-of-the-Crown-Jewels.html

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Photo: Mikael Buck/Big Bang/PA

The “Game of Thrones” Royal Jewels

Have you ever watched an episode of “Game of Thrones” and wondered, where the stunning jewellery was made? It could be easy to think these pieces are just costume jewellery. However, these pieces are quite real and made in the workshop of Steenson’s Jewellers in the pretty and historic village of Glenarm, County Antrim.

In this video Brona Spencer goes into more detail about her family-run business, their creative processes and involvement with the Game of Thrones.

 

See more of their wonderful creations for the show at: http://www.thesteensons.com/Game-of-thrones

Myth: Diamonds are formed from coal.

Many people believe that diamonds are formed from coal. However, coal has rarely played a role in the formation of diamonds. In fact, most diamonds that have been dated are much older than Earth’s first land plants – the source material of coal!

Diamonds are crystals of pure carbon that form under crushing pressures and intense heat. They mostly form in the Earth’s mantle, the layer beneath the crust or surface layer.

The average diamond is one to three billion years old. Diamond formation is not a fast or simple process.
Learn more about this fascinating process with this video >>>>>

Diamond worth £12.000 launched into space

Last year a 1.14 carat diamond, worth £12.000 was launched into space by online diamond retailer 77 Diamonds. They promised that whoever found it once it fell back to earth could keep it.

Eventually in December last year a man walking his dogs finally found it.

Read more and watch the gem’s epic journey via The Telegraph at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11381264/Watch-what-it-looks-like-to-send-a-12k-diamond-into-space.html