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This Is What Happens If You Put A Diamond In A Hydraulic Press…

By Karly Carpena
May 20, 2016


The Hydraulic Press Channel has gained over 1 million followers in the past few months, simply by smashing things with – you guessed it – a hydraulic press.

The channel has squished squished everything hockey pucks:

To fruit salads:

And even a bowling ball!

The 1.2 carat diamond, worth at least $4,000, was donated by a retailer looking to jump on the viral bandwagon. The jewel even came with its own certificate to prove it’s the real thing.

“They say diamonds are forever, but how long?”…As it turns out, not very long.

So, how was the diamond broken so easily? According to IFLScience:

As some have pointed out, the “hardness” that diamonds are known for only really refers to their ability to be scratch-resistant. While the covalent bonds between the diamond atoms themselves are extremely strong, diamonds can also be brittle, especially if there’s any kind of defect or it’s been poorly cut. Scientists have even discovered materials that are actually harder than diamonds, such as wurtzite boron nitride and lonsdaleite.