How is it possible that diamonds can't be scratched but can be broken? Isn't a scratch simply the beginning of a breakage?

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Diamonds have a cleavage, similar to the grain of wood, and can split, crack or splinter along those cleaves.

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Most diamonds have tiny flaws and that's where they are prone to breakage.

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Diamonds can be burned too.┬á It just needs a very hot fire and lots of oxygen ­čĺŹ

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