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Four days later, a man-made diamond is inside. Optically, chemically and physically they're identical to a mine diamond.
But diamond-making is not an exact science. Some turn out beautiful. Others don’t. McEwen says there is a misconception that every one of the man-made diamonds is perfect. That's not the case. "Just like in nature, each one of these grows individually and has its own unique characteristics." After coming out of the machine, the rough diamonds are graded and sent to be made into what many women want for Valentine's Day.
As regards price, a one-carat yellow diamond from nature costs about $20,000 and a man-made one costs about $6,000. The Gemesis Corporation has its name inscripted on all of its diamonds so buyers know they are man-made.
I. READING COMPREHENSION
1.- Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE? Copy the evidence from the text. No marks are given for only TRUE or FALSE.
a) The structure of diamonds grown by man is completely different from that of natural diamonds.
b) Gemesis diamonds are cheaper than those found in mines.
- TRUE: As regards price, a one-carat yellow diamond from nature costs about $20,000 and a man-made one costs about $6,000.
2.- In your own words and based on the ideas in the text, answer the following questions. Do not copy from the text.
a) Why is Clark McEwen mentioned in the text?
- This company reproduces diamonds' growth process but in machines, instead of in its natural process, which is always under the earth's surface.
II. USE OF ENGLISH
3.- Find the words in the text that mean:
- a) controlled (paragraph 1): overseen
- b) piece (paragraph 1): lump
- c) classified (paragraph 2): graded
- d) written (paragraph 3): inscripted
4.- Complete the following sentences. Use the appropriate form of the word in brackets when given.
- a) A diamond is the hardest (hard) natural substance on earth.
- b) If a diamond is heated to about 700º C, it vanishes (vanish), without leaving (leave) any ash.
- c) During the 15th century, it was discovered (discover) that diamonds should / must only be cut with other diamonds.
- d) At the beginning of the 20th century, a prominent scientist, who was born in 1854, spent a considerable part of his / her fortune trying to produce diamonds.