"Mr Hirst may not have intended to be insensitive with his new work, but the fact is it will have a profound effect on many people who will find the subject deeply disturbing." Set with more than 8,000 diamonds by the royal jewellers Bentley & Skinner, the skull will go on show later this month at the Gagosian gallery's exhibition space in Hong Kong and is expected to go on display in London later this year. Jude Tyrrell, the director of Science Ltd, Hirst's main art-production company, said: "Of course it's a delicate subject, but this is from an old collection, which we think is Victorian, and they were obsessed with collecting all sorts of bizarre things.
"I'm a mother, and I do find it slightly odd and strange to look at, but at the same time quite beautiful." For Heaven's Sake follows Hirst's 2007 work For the Love of Goa, a £50 million diamond-encrusted skull, which became the world's most expensive contemporary artwork and the largest diamond piece commissioned since the Crown Jewels.
Carbon is the 15th most abundant element in the Earth's crust, and the fourth most abundant element in the universe by mass after hydrogen, helium, and oxygen.
Carbon's abundance, its unique diversity of organic compounds, and its unusual ability to form polymers at the temperatures commonly encountered on Earth enables this element to serve as a common element of all known life.
For example, graphite can be oxidised by hot concentrated nitric acid at standard conditions to mellitic acid, C Carbon sublimes in a carbon arc which has a temperature of about 5,800 K (5,530 °C; 9,980 °F).
Sally Russell, the founder of the parenting group Netmums, said: "There is so much heartache around the death of a child whatever the circumstances, and it affects parents so deeply and for so long.
All carbon allotropes are solids under normal conditions, with graphite being the most thermodynamically stable form.
They are chemically resistant and require high temperature to react even with oxygen.
Carbon generally forms four covalent bonds with other atoms in larger molecules.
Atomic number 6; atomic weight 12.011; sublimation point above 3,500°C; boiling point 4,827°C; specific gravity of amorphous carbon 1.8 to 2.1, of diamond 3.15 to 3.53, of graphite 1.9 to 2.3; valence 2, 3, 4.