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Diamonds are carbon.
Carbon is black
Originally posted by RealSpoke
reply to post by LErickson
50 cent isn't purple.
And black is a label of a certain human phenotype. Stop playing stupid.
Color is not an inherent characteristic of a material. The color we see is depends on what kind of light was shined on the material and how it affects that light. A substance may: transmit disperse reflect absorb the light at characteristic wavelengths (or frequencies) in the spectrum (e.g. rainbow). The interaction between light and a material depends on two factors: How the atoms and molecules in a substance are arranged structurally? How tightly the electrons in the substance are held by the atoms? If the electrons cannot absorb any energy from the light, then the radiation passes through unmolested, so the material appears to be transparent. However, if the electrons can rob the light of any energy, then the light is dimmed, obscured or absorbed. As a result, the material appears more or less opaque. It was not known until this century why diamond and graphite, both made from carbon atoms and possessing the same number of electrons are optically so different. Scientists now know that the crystalline structure of a substance determines how tightly its electrons are held by the atoms and chemical bonds in the material. At the wavelengths that humans can see, light does not have enough energy to excite the tightly held electrons in diamond, so diamond appears transparent to us. Impurities in the diamond, contribute electrons that can absorb light at characteristic wavelengths, to give the diamond varying hues of color. For example: pure diamond appears transparent, nitrogen in diamond causes a yellow to orange tint, and boron causes a blue coloration.
This translates to a material with 85% C (which is the energy producing component)
You said the above.
The brief article you posted basically explains the light from a diamond and how it's manifested. First, what does how a diamonds shines it's light and how we see colors has to do with carbon being black.
reply to post by TheBlackManIsGod7
Lol I'm starting to really think you have a mental disorder. It's either that or much of what I'm saying is too complex.