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Have you heard of “Fair and Ethically Sourced Gold Jewelry”? Wow! That sounds great, doesn’t it? Now, many of you who are seriously looking to buy an engagement ring have heard of the “Kimberly Process”. To those of you that don’t know, it is an agreement by a group of nations to certify diamonds that
Of course, the answer to the last question is that diamonds are used to cut and polish other diamonds! But before getting there, let’s consider the deliciousness of secret and arcane knowledge, and why we are magnetically drawn to what we aren’t supposed to know, like secret handshakes, passwords and whispered gossip of all sorts.
As the daughter of a diamond dealer whose office was on 47th Street in Manhattan, I was both an insider and an outsider at the same time. An outsider because I was a woman, and an insider because I was privy to all the details of a dying, pre-digital, age-old business in the mid-20th century.

The Diamond Babysitter

When I opened the door to interview a temporary babysitter, it was a case of Mr. Mom meet Pippi Longstockings. Before me stood a preternaturally thin, redheaded man of indeterminate age.  He grinned, revealing a gap-toothed smile, with one brilliant, yellow diamond set into his front tooth. This matched the one in his left earlobe.