Allotrope of Carbon…

by Julianna Squicciarini

…more commonly known as a diamond, a transparent crystal of tetrahedrally bonded carbon atoms. This word comes from the Greek ἀδάμας, which means “unbreakable”. Diamond is not as stable as graphite, but has superlative physical qualities, such as hardness and thermal conductivity. Most natural diamonds are formed between 87 and 120 miles below the earth’s surface, under high pressure and high temperature.

Why the mineral lesson? Because diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? Well, that too. 😉

But more importantly, because there is a beautiful, round-cut diamond sitting on my sister’s third finger right now.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen! Morgan is now officially engaged to Greg Bartos! Mazel tov, congratulazioni, félicitations, glückwünsche, and congratulations! May their future union be as unbreakable as the diamond used to symbolize their attachment. Engagement, wedding, and bridal plans & details will be forthcoming. This is an exciting time for all of us!

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