Monday, January 19, 2009

The dirt on diamonds

For many years I have wondered "why are people so excited by diamonds?" since excepting the really big blue ones, they are the least interesting looking gem stone. I have always thought of de Beers as a criminal cartel and their business practices as nothing more than hydraulic despotism with a fictitious need. Dark Roasted Blend recently linked to this rather fascinating Atlantic article from 1982 which covers the subject in some detail and is definitely a worthwhile read.
For completeness, I feel compelled to include this short related Family Guy clip.

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