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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Diamond Maker Works

GAINESVILLE, Florida -- Making diamonds isn't so rough. Researchers from Russia and the University of Florida have been whipping up gem-quality diamonds using technology in a device about the size of a washing machine.

Working to enhance technology first developed in Russia, the team has created yellow, amber, green and colorless diamonds as large as 1.6 carats since their project began about a year ago.

The research, funded largely by The Gemesis Corp., which plans to sell "cultured diamonds'' for jewelry, is leading to a better understanding of how to make diamonds and other crystals not only for jewelry, but also for use in high-speed electronics, researchers said.