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It needs heat and pressure to convert graphite into diamond due to the requirement to rearrange the atoms making up one structure into the arrangement required in the other. This makes it an industrially challenging process in order to be a cost effective method.

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Graphite and diamond are both allotropes of carbon. One is not made from the other, but both are formed from carbon.

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Diamonds are very hard, and graphite is very soft.

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