And phoenix rise
Like a thousand beating hearts in the sky
Frosted with tiny diamond sparkles
Formed under the pressure
Of unrequited love
Held together with safety pins
Top 50 finalist for ‘Smile for London 2010’, 20 second silent film competition featuring a poem called ‘Diamond Heart’, written in 2001, images shot in Jan 2009.
Some nerdy facts about diamonds:
The word ‘Diamond‘ originated from the Greek word ‘adamas’, meaning ‘unconquerable’ and is a mineral made of more than 99.5% pure carbon atoms fused together by great pressure and heat that is crystallised. Diamonds are extremely durable and strong, they are in fact the hardest known substance in the world and can be used to cut anything. A diamond crystallises roughly 100 miles below the earths surface. The crystallisation occurs so low due to the temperatures and pressure required for the process to occur. They are found in the blue ground of the kimberlite pipes or in gravel beds and ocean floors. The way diamonds were brought to the surface of the earth and hence found were due to volcanic eruptions occurring over 60 million years ago pushed up through kimberlite pipes where they cooled. The deepest diamond is roughly 3400 feet below the ground, therefore a lot of rock and gravel need to be removed before even just one carat of diamond can be accessed. In order to do this jet engines are used to thaw the frozen ground or the opposite to bear the desert heat. From all the rough diamonds found through this process only approximately 20% are cut and polished while the remaining diamonds are used for industrial purposes. Diamonds undergo many stages until they are presentable for purchase but only in the hands of a master diamond cutter does a diamond’s sheer beauty become apparent. Contrary to what many people believe, most diamonds do not form from coal: http://geology.com/articles/diamonds-from-coal/ Diamonds have become symbolic of enduring love due to their indestructibility and sparkling life.