Do Diamonds Take Millions of Years to Form?

by Ken Ham on January 3, 2019
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A recent editorial on diamond prices might seem unrelated to our ministry. But, when I saw the headline—“Lab-Grown Diamond Production Rises, but Prices Fall”—and read through the short article, it reminded me of the secular claim that diamonds take billions of years to form. If you search “how long it takes a natural diamond to form” on Google, the preferred answer pops up as “between 1 billion and 3.3 billion years, which is approximately 25% to 75% of our earth’s [supposed] age.” Is that true?

Well, the editorial mentions that labs now grow diamonds so, obviously, it does not necessarily take long ages to form a diamond. All it takes is the right conditions, which we can simulate in a lab and produce diamonds relatively quickly. The idea that diamonds take millions of years to form is an assumption based on a naturalistic worldview that assumes slow and gradual processes. Even some secular sources (such as this article from admit we don’t actually know how long it takes to form a diamond.

But there’s great evidence that diamonds are actually young. Diamonds are the hardest substance on earth, so nothing gets in to contaminate them. Yet testing has shown that diamonds contain carbon-14. This is an important discovery, because, in the conventional paradigm, C-14 is only detectable up to 80,000 years—so they can’t be older than that. And yet these diamonds are considered billions of years old!

Diamonds aren’t billions of years old.

Diamonds aren’t billions of years old. They’re young, just like our earth, likely formed deep in the earth during the global flood of Noah’s day. You can learn more about diamonds in this article by geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling: “Dazzling Diamonds by Special Delivery.”

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I discussed this item today on Answers News with cohost Dr. Georgia Purdom and regular guest Avery Foley, an AiG staff writer. Answers News is our twice-weekly news program filmed live before a studio audience here at the Creation Museum and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also discussed the following topics:

  • Is Jesus disappearing from Christmas?
  • Incredible treasure trove of fossils discovered in the UK.
  • Could life be lurking underground on Mars?
  • And more!

Watch the entire episode of Answers News for January 3, 2019.

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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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