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a passionate repentance

Diamonds

Diamonds

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may God stand
When I was little I used to think about being a grown up and having beautiful diamonds to wear. Not that I'd ever *seen* a diamond or knew what one was to point at it, it just seemed to be a really nice thing to have.

I got a diamond engagement ring, from my husband. I was inordinately proud. And insufferably soppy. And I used to stare into it to watch the light flash, and think of it as sending a message to him, in some kind of greeting-card semaphore (sp).

Now I learn that diamonds are not truly valuable. Not even close. A ring that was valued at two thousand dollars when the insurance people examined it..I sold for two hundred dollars at a pawn shop to help make my downpayment for our house.

It goes on. How many other things out there are inflated, artificially valueable? What would happen if all the air was let out? Where would the things of real value be? I used to think diamonds were eternal. They're certainly touted as being so. But they can chip and scratch and even shatter, just like anything else. They can even be incinerated to ash. So what *is* eternal? What can withstand time?

I don't mean for this to be some strange and very depressing memento mori. It's just that I have looked around at what I have, and I have to wonder how much of it is *real*. And how much of it is a dream.

I don't have any answers.
  • Diamonds are the single best known artificially inflated commodity. Being controlled more or less by a cartel, and having little inherent value beyond being able to cut anything else and looking shiny, the cartel basically built the market. With gold, there is no such cartel, and gold is gold even if you melt it (and can be purified by melting, too)

    Other inflations include anything with the words "wedding" or "bridal" on them.

    By the way, while you're right about it being possible to chip and shatter a diamond, I'd really like to see you manage to scratch one with something other than another diamond. It's true that you can incinerate a diamond, but if you take the ash and treat it just right, you get a new diamond out of it. Transient as they are, diamonds are the hardest and most light-refracting material on earth.

    In the end, it's all about the sparklies.
  • You can chip and shatter diamonds along their cleavage points. I imagine that you can scratch one along a fracture point too..wouldn't that weakness also extend up to the surface on some stones?
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