Making diamonds with a blowtorch


Natural diamonds are formed in the intense pressure and heat of the Earth's mantle at depths of over 100km.

Jem Stansfield attempts to grow diamond crystals, using the heat of an oxy-acetylene welding torch.

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Please note: The experiment is extremely difficult to perform, requires expert guidance and the tiny diamonds produced are too small to be of commercial value.