Ultra-Diamond Super-Value

#053 Attache-Case

Patent 3492834
Abstract title: 
Expandable, divided attache case to support Chemical Vapour Deposition diamond wafers (<0.2mm thk) securely and discreetly masking dimensions.

An attache case with an outer enclosing case and a protective insert within to hold specifically engineered materials. The case inner may be visually impregnable. A scalable clip system secures engineered wafers within separate dividers numbering up to 20, each pivoting on secure fixing along a single edge. [Clipping mechanism and secure handle subject to separate cited patent documents.] 




#072 Drill Bit Replica

Policy #3290098
Value Assessment for Item #0387
Category: Fine Art and Jewellery

Described for valuation is a unique, one off piece, part of the Oppenheimer family’s private collection. The item is believed to be a decorative replica of an industrial diamond coated drilling bit, used for oil drilling. The origin of the item is unclear, and there is no manufacturer’s stamp to be found. The item is believed to have been received as a gift to the late P.Oppenheimer as part of an informal transaction. 

Cast formed 22K rose “crown” gold alloy body with 18K gold details and 408 0.03 carat micro-machined D-VVS1 diamonds. Estimated Value: circa $300,000 




#038 Boron Test

Instructions: Testing for traces of Boron doping & superconductivity growth modification

1. Swab or enclose sample of object to be tested.
2. Screw swabbing device into the clear plastic  tube until air tight.
2. Pull plunger upwards to break seal.
3. Allow air to circulate for minimum 30 seconds.
4. Check swatch indicator and refer to colour chart on reverse of packet.
5. Red = traces of doping superconductor level (check spectrum chart). Blue = confirmation of negative reading.

This test checks for Boron traces and particles assuming typical CH4mixing ratio ~1-2vol%. Test has been lab tested to accuracy of 95%. The manufacturers of any part of this equipment take no liability for the results under field conditions.




Natural      Synthetic
love   science
eternity   singularity
priceless   price point
endless   limitless
enduring   reliable
promise   promise
earth’s core   lab grown
flawless   perfect
forever   infinite
more desired   more powerful
romantic   technologic
I do   can do
finely cut   finely fabricated
dream today   tomorrow’s dreams
expectation   anticipation
occasion   progress
social status   material status
DeBeers   Element 6


fig 1.Comparative table for the aspiring synthetic diamond agency copy-writer

The diamond, as we know it, is a unique example of marketing and monetization of a geological resource. Through careful supply-control, advertising and cultural massaging the industry has managed to mythologize a geological material in cultures around the world. Throughout the 20th Century, rituals, expectation and meaning have been intentionally crafted around the diamond through tales of rarity and carat-value. A complete mythology, ranging from sparkling wedding rings to shady deals and overworked mines, surrounds each of these stones and furthers the mystery as well as desire.

As a counterpoint to this aesthetic industry, a new functional aspect is emerging as diamonds are grown in the lab with ever increasing control and huge promises for technological applications. The unique properties of diamond as a super-material open up potentially revolutionary breakthroughs in fields as varied as quantum computing, electronics, biosensors and clean energy.

As Lab-grown diamonds become more recognised and enable further progress, will they also achieve a new cultural status? Until now, the aesthetic and the technological are carefully kept separate to preserve market value and cultural narratives. We can easily imagine that gemstone dealers have no interest in promoting the fact that chemically perfect diamonds are now routinely grown in laboratories. So, as synthetics become more important and celebrated as agents of our technological progress, how will this impact their place in society? And, functionally, is the eternal promise of diamond about to deliver very tangible results?

This visual essay explores a world where synthetic diamonds become recognised for enabling further technological advances and while doing so achieve a new cultural status to rival their natural counterparts. Using design as an explorative tool, the story is told through props, artefacts and excerpts extrapolated from the potentials of this burgeoning industry. By enabling the celebration, transport and valuation of diamond super-materials, these devices are the supporting characters in this unfolding story of man-made geology.



Contribution to Making the Geologic Now by Smudge Studio
in collaboration with Oliver Goodhall (We Made That)

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