1000s of acres of soil is moved while mining diamonds
98 square feet/carat
High air pollution
Gallons of water used
High risk work environment
8 days/100 employees per year
No soil movement
.076 square feet/carat
Negligible air pollution
Water usage is lower by a factor of 7
High employee safety standards
Nitrogen atom clusters. Near Colorless to Light Yellow. 95% of mined are Type Ia.
Isolated Nitrogen atoms. Often Bright Yellow Extremely Rare.
No Nitrogen atoms. Usually Colorless. Most Pure and Rare
Contain Boron atoms. Blue or Grayish-Blue. Rare