It has long been known that the molecular structure of diamond renders it extraordinarily durable. This hardness is actually twofold in nature, however; in addition to resisting external forces, it also prevents the eruption of a deep, internal pressure. When the cubical arrangement of atoms is disrupted, this can cause the release of a substance known as “diamond nectar.”

Rather than being atomic and ordered in nature, this fluid is irregular, messy, and structureless. Each particle within has a slightly different mass and charge, making explicit qualification of its properties difficult. Extraction is extremely dangerous, and must be performed in a chamber near absolute zero, as it emerges from the fractured carbon at temperatures near those found at the sun’s surface.

Nonetheless, it is beautiful. It shimmers with every shade of red at once when light strikes it, as though it is as astonished to be experienced as we are to experience it ourselves.

It is estimated that two-hundred kilograms of diamond nectar could be released from the average engagement ring alone. The fact that this added weight is not experienced while handling the gemstone directly is an unsolved puzzle. One leading hypothesis suggests that the diamond’s interior isn’t actually holding this substance inside; rather, that it is preventing the nectar from flooding in from somewhere else.