@mpchristofides I just don't feel this is where you start. You need to earn Flash Point. I have to care about Barry first.
A 478-carat diamond was found in the Kingdom of Lesotho recently.
The diamond has been rated as a D color, the highest color grade possible in a white diamond, and it is said to have a flawless center. After going through the cutting process they expect to yield a 100-carat round diamond.
I am sorry, but this is one of the aspects of the world I have never grasped. Sure, there are some things diamonds can do such as drill bits and so on, but for their usual purpose as jewelry, I just don’t get it. And it’s not just diamonds, but gems in general… you do all realize you’re getting excited but shiny rocks, right?
Now, I know I get excited about technology, but at least it does something for me. Gold? Well, gold is too soft to be usable as pretty much anything. Silver? Well, it makes a nice tea set. It’s gem stones where I really do shake my head the most. Shiny, shiny rocks, and there’s whole stores devoted to them! Jewelry stores are about the equivialent of “rock stores” to me.
I understand it all goes back to peceived value, demand, rarity, etc, and if you think about just about anything in these terms, you’ll come up with a similar conclusion for any given item. However… shiny, shiny rocks is just totally lost on me.