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One tequila, two tequila, three tequila ...diamonds?

No, you're not tanked right now, we said diamonds. But before we all rush our friendly 'jimadors' for supplies, let us explain exactly how we got diamonds from tequila. 

For years scientists, researchers, botanists and liquor connoisseurs have been discovering the many uses of tequila and the agave plant which is native to our beloved Mexico. Research demonstrates the agave plants' potential to deliver potent amounts of medicine to the colon and help you lose weight, while others claim tequila can aide in digestion and help with insomnia (but doesn’t any copious amount of alcohol?). And now, tequila can apparently transform everyone’s favorite drink into every girl’s best friend… diamonds! Synthetic diamonds that is - beautiful, minuscule, man-made diamonds.

Nature’s diamonds are born from crystallized volcanic rock from deep within the Earth’s mantle. To spare you all the nitty-gritty details, just know it is a super intense, geologic process. This natural process is a marvel, so rare there is no doubt in regards to the reason diamonds are so pricey.

Diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man so one can only imagine how difficult it is to create a synthetic form of such an extraordinary substance. But thanks to Tequila, Mexican physicists and scientists there may be a slightly cheaper solution to the usually costly operation.

Tinkering around in their labs one day Javier Morales, Victor Castano , Luis Miguel Apatiga discovered that by heating 80 proof vodka (40 percent alcohol) to extreme temperatures they were able to create a very thin film of synthetic diamonds. This occurrence happens when the liquid vapor produced from the heated tequila splits into even tinier particles. These particles are then heated to 800 degrees Celsius, causing a change in the particles’ state of being, creating carbon atoms which form the thin diamond film.

So, in our very own science-y words: Super hot tequila makes super small diamonds. These diamonds are small enough for industrial purposes, such as instrument cutting or silicone substitutes in computer chips. Unfortunately, the film deposits are too tiny for uses of jewelry in our modern day culture. Sorry! Looks like your loved one won’t be wearing Tequila down the aisle anytime soon.

But on the bright side, what if all the synthetic diamonds could replace the natural ones used in industrial practices, leaving more natural (and bigger) diamonds for those precious ornaments we love to wear at a more reasonable price? With synthetic diamonds on the scene, mined diamonds could decrease in demand. And all thanks to our trusty tequila …

 For now, it doesn’t seem as if tequila will be replacing diamonds, but the ability to create a synthetic diamond is still pretty awesome (almost as awesome as sunset view with a caballero of Blue Iguana Tequila Anejo). Mexico produces hundreds of millions of liters of tequila every year – just think of all those tiny diamonds!

What do you think about this crazy tequila news? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Want to read more? Check out our sources below.

  

Sources:

  1.  http://www.businessinsider.com/2008/11/mexicans-making-diamonds-from-tequila
  2. http://www.uanl.mx/noticias/investigacion/obtener-diamantes-del-tequila-causa-gran-impacto-en-los-medios-cientificos.html
  3. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-surprising-benefits-tequila-you-never-knew.html