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Humans Inspire Mother Nature to Create New Gems?

19 Mar / 17
Humans Inspire Mother Nature to Create New Gems?
Human beings love gemstones. This is not a secret, nor is it a surprise. For centuries, people have been shaping and polishing the brilliantly coloured stones for use in jewellery and other ornamentations. As technology has improved, the cutting and polishing process has as well. We’ve even reached a point, as a species, where we are able to replicate the actions of Mother Nature, by growing diamonds and other gems in laboratories. However, according to Live Science, we have gone much further than that. Just as Mother Nature has inspired us, it appears that we have inspired her. Is it possible that, through our love of minerals and gemstones, we have actually unknowingly created new ones?

In a recent story by the scientific publication, it was reported that of the 5,200 recognized minerals on earth, 208 are credited to human influence. How did they arrive at this number? According to the researchers, many of the newest minerals recorded have popped up in abandoned mines and other human created sites. They referenced a mineral called Simonkolleite as an example. This mineral has been discovered in the barren spaces that once served as copper mines. Though this mineral most likely won’t be featured in the display cases of Diamond Rocks, the picture provided showcases a stone of a very attractive light blue. These stones are formed relatively fast, compared to the harder gems that we more frequently set in precious metals – diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, etc.

Though, it is possible that our mining actions today could, in fact, greatly alter the list of known gems far, far into the future. The author of the study referred to this time as the “era of unparalleled inorganic compound diversification”. In other words, human beings are in the process of creating, unintentionally or otherwise, minerals that are currently unknown. What we do today could result in a whole new rainbow’s worth of precious stones 100, 1,000, or even 1,000,000 years from now.

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