RockMusic: Making Diamonds Sing

It's an out-of-this-world idea that—appropriately enough—first hit Gabi Tolkowsky on an airplane. “I was talking to my wife about diamond cutting,” remembers the famed cutter, who is best known for fashioning the 273-ct. “De Beers Centenary.” “I said, 'Diamond cutting has so many aspects to it, so many variations, it's like making music. Then it hit me. Music is a wonderful thing. It's the language of the world. Why can't a diamond give off music?' ” Most people would've blamed the idea on oxygen deprivation, but the more Tolkowsky thought about it, the more it made sense. “What is light but waves?” he notes. “So can't a diamond send back sound waves, too?” Apparently, it can—with the help of technology. As improbable as it seems, the bushy-haired Belgian has found a way to produce music from diamonds. He premiered his first “compositions” to a rapt audien

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