Some years ago I dropped a 2pt diamond into the lemel catcher on my
bench. Unfortunately there was quite a lot of filings and offcuts in
it too, and a quick look didn’t find the diamond. I then tipped the
whole lot out onto a sheet of newspaper, and searched it carefully.
I still couldn’t find the diamond. My wife then tried too, and also
failed. We both knew the stone was there, but since we couldn’t find
it I put the whole lot back into the catcher, and then went in
search of inspiration.
What I really needed was a diamond magnet; something that attracts
diamonds like a magnet attracts iron. If only…
Then it struck me; what’s special about diamonds? They reflect light.
I waited until night-time, switched the lights out and shone a torch
into the lemel catcher. After rummaging about a bit there was a
little sparkle of light - it was the diamond. The torch found it in
about 3 seconds flat!
Regards, Gary Wooding