Artifacts of culture? Or artifacts of barbarism?

The Diamond Age has arrived, but no one will admit it. Experts chafe at the mass-production of diamonds. The leading gem analysts refuse to rate them. Duh. “If we could succeed, at a small expenditure of labour, in converting carbon into diamonds, their value might fall below that of bricks.” Capital, Karl Marx

You should not buy natural diamonds. The Kimberley Process, which attempts to restrict the trade of ‘Blood Diamonds,’ only removes one variety of suffering from the production of these shiny gems, despite the claims of the De Beers Corporation. Indeed, children still mine and polish natural diamonds, even those certified conflict free. And don’t forget: the bloody things are worthless! Meanwhile, the industry argues over whether to call lab-made diamonds ‘treated,’ ‘synthetic,’ or ‘cultured.’

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