Diamonds or coal?

Those diamonds come out of your own mine.

You'd Think That two objects made of the same element—carbon—would resemble each other in some way. But coal is soft or semisoft, opaque, and has no brilliance. It's incapable of reflecting light.

Meanwhile, the diamond is one of the hardest substances known. It is transparent and acts like a prism. Though it has no inner beauty or brilliance of its own, when it's skillfully cut it reflects light in a beautiful way.

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