When you seek diamond rings one day, you might even want to visit a nearby grocery for peanut butter instead of a jewelry shop. Why? Because German scientist Dan Frost found that it is possible to convert peanut butter into diamonds under some conditions. It only requires simulating the conditions in the mantle of the Earth and discovering whether those go well with brown diamonds.
Frost researched in what way crystalline structures developed in the lower mantle as he found a process that draws CO2 from the crust of the Earth into its deeper layers. The process of reaping oxygen from CO2 leaves behind carbon to develop diamonds after it is subject to extreme pressure and heat.
There is an abundance of carbon in peanut butter that entered a laboratory. There, powerful equipment heated to extreme temperatures and set at a greater height as compared to the surrounding air pressurized it. While it may be a messy experiment, it changed the crystalline structure and yielded the so-called peanut butter diamond. Now, is it a good idea to skip to a grocery instead of a jewelry store for lab grown diamonds? Maybe it is not the right time to do so.
Scientists wish to experiment using these diamonds for many different reasons. Peanut butter fans who expect to get the stones from the product will feel disappointed to learn that producing diamonds with it will not yield them much money. The researchers who found that the product subject to certain conditions could become a diamond do not wish to be jewelers just yet. However, they expect their discovery to be of use otherwise.
As per BBC, there is much to learn regarding the composition and the formation of the planet. Simulating the said conditions and studying their effects on carbon from the peanut derivative can teach humans much about how the Earth was formed and keeps functioning. As for Wonderopolis, artificial diamonds in jewelry pieces are made with more efficient materials as compared to peanut butter. However, Wonderopolis adds that mining and automotive sectors cut materials and polish those with diamonds as these stones are powerful. Those industries could gain from having a different resource that allows them to produce diamonds.
Unless you are capable of mimicking the pressure and heat in the mantle at home, your peanut butter will not become diamonds soon. Nevertheless, knowing that it is possible to make diamonds from the product might make you to appreciate peanut butter sandwich products slightly more.