Lighting a candle? You have diamonds!

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 sparkling-diamondSt. Andrews in Scotland, has made a remarkable discovery. His research has shown that candle flames contain millions of tiny diamond particles. According to this articleProfessor 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. candle-flame1

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 ~


Author: Andrea

Andrea is the voice behind Candle Scoop. She is a long-standing member of Candlefind and loves all things scented. While she enjoys scents across the spectrum, she is a die-hard bakery and fresh-scent fan. She enjoys rooting out bargains and candle discounts, but she won't hesitate to pamper herself with a luxury brand. When not writing or talking about candles, she enjoys spectator sports and playing with her pups. Andrea would love to hear from you, so don't hesitate to contact!

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  1. Andrea you just made my day! I LOVE diamonds and CANDLES. No wonder!! They are practically the same thing!!

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  2. What an awesome article no wonder I am a candle addict. If it is soft, smells good, or sparkles I want it. 🙂

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  3. Wow ! A perfect and my favorite combination of diamonds and candles. Thank you, Andrea !

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