As candle lovers, we’ve always known there was something magical about lighting a candle wick. We watch the flame dance and flicker. We’re often mesmerized by its beauty and bask in the glow. Here’s something else that just might draw you a little closer to that flickering flame…diamonds. Professor Wuzong Zhou, a chemistry professor at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, has made a remarkable discovery. His research has shown that candle flames contain millions of tiny diamond particles. According to this article: Professor Zhou’s investigation revealed around 1.5 million diamond nanoparticles are created every second in a candle flame as it burns.
It appears that a candle flame contains all four known forms of carbon. That means diamonds, an allotrope of carbon, are also present. These nanoparticles have been discovered in the center of that sparkling, flickering flame.
So does that mean that if you burn enough candles, you’ll soon be able to strap a big diamond around your finger? Sadly, no. The diamond particles are consumed and converted into carbon dioxide. However, it does mean that you’ll have just one more
excuse explanation why you’re so in love with candles.
Happy candle burning ~