Can diamonds be destroyed?

One of the things that people interests the most when it comes to diamonds, next to of course their size and clarity, would be the other more interesting fact about diamonds, and that is that diamonds are the hardest substance known to us humans. This is something that probably every person on the plant is familiar with, because it has been repeated so many times by so many people. Because of this fun fact about diamonds, a lot of people wondered what exactly would happen if someone takes a hammer, for example, and hits a diamonds with it. In other words can diamond be destroyed?

The answer to the above scenario where a person takes a hammer and hits a diamonds with it, if you wondered would that cause the diamond to be destroyed, the answer would be yes it would, it would shatter into a million pieces, not literally into million pieces of course, but it would shatter. Now you must be puzzled, how can a diamond shatter if it’s the hardest substance that we know of, reaching the maximum 10 points on the famous Mohs scale of hardness. The reason why diamond is gonna shatter is because there are various different types of hardness, and when it’s said that diamond is the hardest, it’s meant that it cannot be scratched by any other element, object that we throw at it, if it’s a pure diamond of course.

What diamond does not have is structural strength, the kind that iron has so that when you hit it with a hammer it just bounces it back. Diamonds are better than iron because the can be used to scratch iron, and to scratch pretty much everything else without breaking or wearing out. This is the reason why you can find diamonds used on drills, have you heard about diamond drills? When diamonds are applied on drills they become a lot more resistance to the materials that they go up against. When a drill works the drill bit isn’t being hammered, it’s just rubbed against another surface, and even though it is very destructive, the way that diamonds are applied to the drill and how it’s not being hit with force doesn’t destroy the diamond, and gives the drill bit more strength.

So to sum up, yes you can destroy a diamond, quite easily at that, so if you have a diamond do not try and see how though it is, because you’re gonna end up crushing it and losing the money that you used to pay for it. Diamonds in jewelry are for wearing around the neck, on wrists or on fingers, so try not to spend a lot of time thinking of way how to “test” its hardness and just enjoy its beauty.