Diamonds are composed of pure carbon that has been exposed to such high pressures that it enters a totally different crystal state. This sort of thing happens very close to the centre of the earth and eventually these diamonds flow up to the surface of the earth. Upon reaching the surface, the pressures are significantly smaller than that of the centre of the earth so these diamonds will eventually turn back into lumps of black carbon.
Not to worry, this will only happen in roughly 100,000 years. So in the span of a human life, diamonds are, for all intents and purposes, forever. But they’re really not. It just seems that way.
At any rate, I mention this story because I learned about this process in university and the image I have contains 8 diamonds. These two rings are my parents’ gifts to each other for their 25th anniversary which happened a few years ago. I hadn’t touched these photographs since then simply because I had no place to share this photograph. Now I do so please do enjoy.
Taken with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 at 53mm.
Shutter Speed: 5.0s.
Edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4.