Refractions I

Hand Cut Paper & Acrylic
85cm x 85cm framed
I saw an advertisement for diamond rings and the thing that caught my eye was not the stone but the colours created from the refracted light as it passed through.

It got me thinking about this obsession we have with diamonds and how something that loses it’s value by about 50% as soon as you step outside the shop is such a desired object and symbol of success and status. Everyone knows about the ugly side of diamond mining, the stock piling of resources to keep the prices up but not many realise that it’s only since about the 1930s, due to a big marketing campaign by the diamond industry that diamonds became synonymous with love and marriage.

When you strip all of that imaginary value away, you are left with an amazing story of creation. Scientists are still not even sure exactly how long it takes for a diamond to be created as they cannot drill that deeply down into the earth. So they make them in laboratories but the environments are different. We know that high pressure and high temperatures will create them, they will then be brought to the earths’ surface by volcanic activity (overall taking millions of years) where they’ll be mined and then someone will cut and polish a little rock to turn it into a glittering stone.

For me the value is not in the status or the perceived monetary worth but the processes in nature and the interplay of it’s outcomes (rocks and light). Interestingly the original appeal for humans would have been in the intangible – colour and sparkle.
Refractions I