Diamonds are dazzling but definitely not “ forever.” In fact, they wouldn’t exist without special conditions. God provided those conditions: creation deep in the earth, and rapid delivery during the Flood.

Because of their shimmering beauty, diamonds have been prized throughout history. God even included a diamond among the twelve gemstones on the high priest’s breastplate, representing the twelve tribes of Israel (Exodus 28:18, 39:11). Thus the Creator God looked upon diamonds as things of beauty, purity, and value.

Today, more money is spent on diamonds than all other gems combined. The total value of diamonds mined each year—approximately 130 million carats (more than 57,000 pounds)—is nearly US $9 billion. Diamonds are prized not just for their appearance but for their ultra-hardness. In fact, they are the hardest of all known natural materials, ideal for tools used for polishing and cutting in modern industry. Even Jeremiah speaks of writing on tablets “with a pen of iron” and “with the point of a diamond” (Jeremiah 17:1).

“Diamonds are forever,” the saying goes. But, in fact, they are not stable, at least in the heat and pressures inside the earth. They can survive in only a narrow zone known as “the diamond stability zone.” At higher or lower depths, they quickly break down into graphite, the soft (and more stable) form of pure carbon used in pencils. In addition to being unstable, diamonds need just the right conditions to form. That explains why they are so rare.

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